If you are acquiring a cross-breed, try to establish its parentage as far as possible. This may have a bearing on the ease with which it can be trained. As a general guide, breeds which have been developed to work closely with people, such as retrievers, sheepdogs and spaniels are among the most responsive to training.
Hounds such as the Bassett can be particularly stubborn, especially about returning once they are off the leash. This relates directly to their ancestry; these short-legged hounds were bred to pursue their quarry by scent over considerable distances. This instinct still remains with these and similar breeds today.
Another dog which can prove difficult to train is the Chow Chow. This is a strong-willed and sometimes rather aggressive breed, which needs firm handling from puppyhood. Many of the training difficulties encountered with dogs in later life can be traced back to allowing them to exert a subtle dominance over you at any early stage, while they are puppies. This is why it is so important to be consistent in your approach right from the outset. The puppy will then settle in with relatively little difficulty as a member of the family. Otherwise, it will then become increasingly difficult to reestablish your authority at a later stage.
The dog sees you as challenging its perceived dominance in the family arena, and may well turn on you when threatened, in the same way that it would a rival pack member which does not back down in the wild.
This can be one of the greatest difficulties to overcome if you take on an adult dog which has had several previous homes, and has gained a reputation for snappy behavior. It is likely to challenge your dominance regularly at first. A combination of firmness and encouragement on your part can overcome the problem, and the dog may develop into a loyal companion. But such individuals cannot be recommended for a home with children. It is much better to obtain a puppy under these circumstances, which can grow up with you.
Greyhounds are lively, affectionate dogs, but are best muzzled when off the lead. as they retain their coursing instincts and may chase smaller dogs. Though very lovable, the flat-nosed breeds, through selective breeding, have developed breathing difficulties. Such dogs, like this Pug, tend to overheat and many have actually suffocated in hot weather. The training process should therefore be modified accordingly.
Dobermans are strong. The Norfolk Terrier may look individuals and can become like a ‘toy’ dog. but like all dominant unless firmly trained terriers it is a first-class ratter, from an early age. In the US and was developed as a working great emphasis has been placed dog on farms. Bear in mind that on rooting out aggressive mine shafts, burrows and all instincts from those used for holes in the ground – with their show stock, but this lead has not attendant dangers – often prove been followed so staunchly irresistible to these breeds.