The Cirneco Dell’Etna is a hunting dog of Italian breed that has a very gentle, loving, and affectionate temperament. They are suited for first-time owners as well as long as they are active and gentle. They are highly energetic dogs so if you are owning this breed, see if you can match its energy level.

If you love your furry friend, it is important to train him, so he becomes a well-behaved dog. In this article, you will learn about the training methods of the Cirneco Dell’Etna.

When to Start Training Cirneco Dell’Etna?

Training of the Cirneco Dell’Etna should be started when they are still a puppy. Start training your pup as soon as you bring it home which is at 6 weeks old. They soak up every command easily and are very eager to please their owner at this age. Start from very basic like potty training, basic commands like sit, come, etc at the beginning.

When the Cirneco Dell’Etna puppies master the basic training, teach them advance training like agility and challenging tricks. They are ready for agility when they reach their adulthood which is in 6 months of their birth. Challenge their mind with advance tricks and command as it will stimulate them mentally.

Cirneco Dell'Etna running on the field
Cirneco Dell’Etna running on the field.
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Where to Start Training Cirneco Dell’Etna

Cirneco Dell’Etna is a very active dog breed, so the training is best when done outdoor. However, when it is still a puppy learning basic commands, you can train him in the house itself. They do not need big space for basic training. Keep things like toys and moving objects out of their sight so they do not get distracted by them while learning.

When the Cirneco Dell’Etna is ready for advanced training, they should be taken out in the park or in an open space for training. They have high energy that should be used in the agility training which requires bigger space. Make sure there is no distraction like birds and other small moving animals. Since Cirneco Dell’Etna is a sighthound, they get easily distracted by moving things and lose interest in training.

How to Define Task?

Dogs are intelligent breeds but they do not understand human language. They are a lot like kids that needs to be taught different word so they learn as they grow up. This way you can define tasks for your dog by picking a certain word for a certain task and teaching them.

Use hand gestures along with the word to make your Cirneco Dell’Etna understand more easily. For example, wave your hand down to teach them to sit and up to make them stand. You can also use body gestures to teach them tricks like while teaching them to roll over, do it yourself and your dog will follow you.

Training Process

Cirneco Dell’Etna is an easy breed to train if you follow the correct process to train them. Below is the process to train your dog.

Cirneco Dell'Etna running on the beach
Cirneco Dell’Etna running on the beach.
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Leadership: Establishing leadership is important while training your dog. They need to see you as their pack leader to obey and follow you. Otherwise, your Cirneco Dell’Etna will see itself as a leader and training will become hard. So, show them you are the master when they are still a puppy by becoming a firm and consistent leader.

Positive Reinforcement: Positive method of training is the best method of training your dog. They tend to respond to reward-based training than aversive-based training. Do not use harsh words and raised your hand on your dog even if they make some mistake. It will only make your dog fearful and aggressive.

Agility: The Cirneco Dell’Etna needs the agility to keep them mentally stimulated. It is a very active dog breed that needs a good amount of exercise

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