Belgian Tervuren is herding and guarding dog of livestock that was bred in Belgium. It is a medium-sized, strong, and muscular breed that body is covered with a thick, medium-length coat. The temperament of the Belgian Tervuren is loyal, alert, protective, and energetic which makes an excellent dog for an active family involved in farming.
It is an intelligent dog breed that needs an experienced dog owner. They are not at all suited for a novice dog owner that does not know Belgian Tervuren’s behavior. This article covers some of the training methods and processes.
When to Train Belgian Tervuren?
Belgian Tervuren training should be started when they are still young. They are able to catch on a new instruction and commands from their master. The puppies are also very eager to please their owner and are always lurking around the master. Therefore, the age of 8-10 weeks is the right time for starting training them.
For agility training, the best time is after they master the basic obedience training which is between 3-4 months. Start pre-agility at this time, continuing the basic training and move to advance training at the age of 6-8 months.
Where to Train Belgian Tervuren?
While training Belgian Tervuren basic obedience training, you can train them in the house and in the yard which is surrounded by a fence. Keep the training session short and fun as they might get bored and distract themselves by trying to find something fun. Do not take your dog out unless they master the basic training session as they might easily get distracted by stuff outside.
For agility or advance training, take your Belgian Tervuren out in an open place like a park. They need an open place to excel and do their physical activities. It is an active and smart dog breed, so they should be always physically and mentally challenged. Involve them in physical activities, tricks, dog games for their mental stimulation.
How to Define Task for Belgian Tervuren?
Before starting the training process, you need to get your Belgian Tervuren focused on you. You can do this by keeping tasty treats by your side. Once you get their attention, train them by hand gesture, vocalizing, and body language. With your hand gesture, they tend to learn fast and easily. For a particular task using a certain hand gesture to make them understand what you are trying to tell them.
For advanced training, you can demonstrate them by performing the task by yourself. For example, if you are trying to teach them to roll over, you do it first to teach them what you are trying them to do. While doing the task, say the word ‘rollover’ so when they learn quickly and reward them with treats after they complete the task.
Belgian Tervuren is an intelligent dog breed that needs an active family and a leader that can train it with firmness and consistency. They are easy to train as long as you are an experienced leader.
Leadership: Before training your dog, establishing leadership is very important. Belgian Tervuren sees one member of the family as their leader and if you fail to establish yourself as their master, they will take your position.
Socialization: As the Belgian Tervuren puppy reaches the age of 8 weeks, expose it to the outside world and socialize with a variety of people. Socializing them at the right time makes them more friendly and not timid or aggressive.
Positive Reinforcement: The positive methods of training is important as the Belgian Tervuren is likely to respond well to reward-based training. With their every completion of the task, reward them with delicious treats.
Agility: Agility is a very important part of training for Belgian Tervuren as they are highly energetic and active dog breeds. Enroll them in advance training as soon as they master the basic obedience training.
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