Entles are very trainable provided that all members of the household are dedicated to fair and consistent enforcement of training. Due to their intelligence and strong will, they can prove to be a challenge for first time owners. Professional training from day one is strongly encouraged. The breed is surprisingly strong for its size. As a cattle dog, they have a high pain threshold which makes rough physical correction fairly ineffective. A positive reinforcement approach to training is highly successful with this breed. Early socialization with many people of all ages and other dogs of different breeds is extremely important. Despite their small stature, they are tough little dogs perfectly willing to prove so to any worthy opponent.
“A tired dog is a good dog”. It is important to keep in mind that this relatively small dog is indeed an excellent cattle herding dog. They are quick, tough, and very physical, known for hurling themselves at livestock. Entlebuchers need a sufficient amount of exercise, an hour a day of vigorous activity minimum. Due to the breed’s intelligence, stimulating activities are necessary to keep a happy, manageable dog. Entlebuchers love having a job to do and are well suited to herding, agility, obedience, tracking and Frisbee™.
The Training Committee, upon request, provides information to Entlebucher owners regarding socialization, training, and behavior modification. We recommend Training Classes begin at 10wks of age and include lots of socialization with other puppies and humans.
The Training Committee also recommends excellent resources in the form of books & videos, publications, and websites which can help you with training and undesirable behavior issues.
Before & After Getting Your Puppy – by Ian Dunbar
Perfect Puppy – by Gwen Bailey
Excel-erated Learning – by Pamela J. Reid, PhD
How Dogs Learn – by Mary R. Burch, PhD & Jon S. Bailey, PhD
Clicker Training Start – Up Kit-by Karen Pryor
Don’t Shoot The Dog – by Karen Pryor
Clicker Training For Obedience – by Morgan Spector
The Power of Positive Dog Training – by Pat Miller
Surviving Your Dog’s Adolescence – by Carol Lee Benjamin
The Toolbox For Remodeling Your Problem Dog – by Terry Ryan
Dogs Behaving Badly: A to Z Guide to Understanding & Curing Behavioral Problems in Dogs – by Nicholas Dodman
The Dog Who Loved Too Much – by Nicholas Dodman
Good Owners Great Dogs – by Brian Kilcommons
Childproofing Your Dog – by Brian Kilcommons
What All Good Dogs Should Know – by Jack Volhard & Melissa Bartlett
On Talking Terms With Dogs: Calming Signals – by Turid Rugaas
Bones Would Rain From The Sky – by Suzanne Clothier
Why Does My Dog…? – by John Fisher
The Other End of the Leash – by Patricia McConnell
The Culture Clash & Dogs Are From Neptune – both by Jean Donaldson
Videos by Ian Dunbar
“Sirius” Puppy Training
Training the Companion Dog
Videos by Virginia Broitman & Sherri Lippman
Take A Bow-wow
Bow-Wow Take II
The How Of Bow-Wow