As certain pet owners have come to discover some dog breeds have a reputation for being more stubborn than others. It's not that these dog breeds are necessarily difficult, it's that most have been bred to work independently of humans so they may view training as unnecessary and will test your patience with their headstrong behavior. Dogs such as huskies, terriers, hounds and Border Collies are known for their working skills but can also be difficult to initially train since they seem to believe they are already trained and it's silly for this person to be asking him to sit. Rather than get upset or bored most of these breeds will make training a game and push you to see how much you will let them get away with. If you are running into problems training your dog consider a few helpful tips.
Who's the Boss – It's best to train a dog when it is a puppy since the older it gets the more resistant he will be to training techniques. It is imperative that you establish with your pup that you are in control and he is subservient to your command. This can often be done by making him well aware that you open the door, you supply the food and you decide who sits on the furniture. The more you indicate to your dog that you are the one in control the more they will respect this and listen to you. Be firm but not violent when making a puppy obey. Forcing his hind legs down when commanding him to sit will create the repetition necessary for him to learn the right behavioral response. Some dogs are tougher and more robust than others so keep this in mind when physically handling your dog.
Control the Rewards & Motivation – Two things factor in to how well a dog responds to training: rewards and motivation. Without any motivation and the chance of a reward, good luck getting your dog to do anything. Dogs may be simple but they aren't dumb and if they know nothing is waiting for them at the end of the commands they will start to tune you out. Be fair but firm with the rewards and use a training collar or harness to better control your pup during the training process. When your dog shows signs of improvement or finally learns the command be sure to reward him with praise and a treat. Most dogs want to be loved by their owner and often praise is more important than a jerky treat.
Take a Break – Some owners get so locked on getting a command down they forget that it's been over an hour and little progress is being made. At some point you have to realize that for whatever reason your pup just isn't in to it. It's quite alright. Even you have your days where no amount of prodding will get you to work any harder so understand that your dog will have his moods too. When this is happening it is best to stop the training and resume at another time. If you dog is showing signs of irritation, boredom or hostility take a break, undo the collar and let him be alone for awhile. He may just need a nap or some time to rest. Begin the training again when enough time has passed that you believe his mood has improved.