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10 hardest canine breeds to coach

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Each dog is adorable in their own way, but we’d be lying if we said they were all perfectly obedient. Some puppies only have minds of their own. We love them for their independence, curiosity and wild spirits. They may not be the best option for a new pet owner.

A 2018 study, titled “Predominant Clusters of Dog Behavioral Traits in Historical U.S. Dog Breed Demand (1926-2005),” assessed which puppies are most difficult to train due to a variety of factors. It is just one of the few studies that rated the willingness to learn and obedience of every dog ​​breed that were summarized by Top Dog Tips in 2019.

Adopting a puppy or adult dog is a handful, and some dog breeds are more willing to follow their owners’ instructions. Would you like your dog to be a champ at sitting, lying down, rolling over, or even learning a beer from the fridge? Well then you are reading the wrong list (most obedient breeds here). These are the pups you should probably avoid if you are looking for a loyal companion who won’t question your commands or ignore them for reasons of independence.

Of course, that doesn’t mean these dogs are bad; It is up to you to train your pet to your standards. It may be difficult, but it can be done.

The Saint Bernard dog Katy (L) and the salsa pose after arriving at the monastery for the summer season on the Great Saint Bernard Mountain Pass on June 4, 2009.
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Apparently, one of the most popular family dogs is also one of the most spontaneous when it comes to training. You can count on a Saint Bernard to keep an eye on your young children, but teaching them advanced tricks may not be easy. That being said, given the dog’s well-known internship as a rescue puppy, it is out of the question.

Darwin the dog“Darwin” the Basset Hound sits with his owner at the “Music for Dogs” concert for dogs as part of the Vivid LIVE festival on the forecourt of the Sydney Opera House on June 5, 2010 in Sydney, Australia.
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These very noisy guys are known as “stubborn” according to the American Kennel Club (AKC). It’s no surprise that a die-hard puppy has better things to do than listen to your commands. Despite their independence or willful ignorance of human desires, Basset Hounds are also known to be patient and kind.

GreyhoundStolen Greyhound Hi Joe takes a nap after returning to his trainer, Miss Noreen Collin.
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One of the sportiest dogs is also one of the wildest when it comes to defining their independence. Your greyhound may not listen to commands perfectly simply because they were bred to excel in high-energy events.

BorzoiAn owner cuddles his Russian Borzoi on the first day of the Crufts Dog Show at the National Exhibition Center on March 5, 2015 in Birmingham, England.
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These strange looking pups with incredibly long snouts are super loving and will do their best to live up to human expectations. But that doesn’t mean that training them is child’s play. The AKC states, “In their calm, feline manner, they can be persistent and training is best done with patience, persistence, and a good mood.”

BullmastiffA Bullmastiff rests on the bench during the second day of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club’s 140th Annual Dog Show at Pier 92/94 on February 16, 2016 in New York City.
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These giant dogs make training almost impossible in adulthood simply because they are the size of a human. It is best to train your Bullmastiff in impeccable condition while he’s still a puppy, or “while the puppy is small enough to control,” according to the AKC.

Chess dogA Chesapeake Bay Retriever dog looks out of its pen on the first day of the Crufts Dog Show at the National Exhibition Center in Birmingham, Central England, on March 7, 2019.
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Also known as chessies, these pups are notoriously independent … so much so that they may completely ignore your commands. Chess pieces have a keen sense of what they want and need and will go beyond their owner’s requirements to achieve it.

Dog named hashtagHashtag, 3, a Kuvasz, leans over the wall as he competes during the National Dog Show at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center on November 16, 2019 in Oaks, Pennsylvania.
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These dogs are the best of many things. They are nice to children, bring a sense of humor into daily life, and they are royal when they come. However, the Kuvasz are also described as independent, which means that their owner’s satisfaction may not be high on their list.

BloodhoundsBloodhounds stand in the ring on the first day of the 134th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in Madison Square Garden in New York on February 15, 2010. The country’s first dog show lasts two days.
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If you have a picture of a bloodhound in your head, it’s likely sniffing around curiously. These canines have incredible intelligence and a nose that is capable of anything. However, sometimes that leads to problems. Smells can be distracting when you’re trying to teach your pup how to be the best boy ever.

Chow ChowA Chow Chow sits in his kennel on the first day of Crufts at the Birmingham NEC Arena on March 8, 2012 in Birmingham, England.
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Unlike some of the dogs listed above, Chow Chows are a very mild breed. They listen as much as possible and are known to be one of the most hygienic dog choices. But they’re also referred to as “aloof” by the AKC, which means they aren’t necessarily the smartest when it comes to important training accomplishments.

Although photos of this breed are not available, it is one of the longest-registered purebreds on the AKC guide.

To get a grip on your kanaan, you need to exercise aggressively early on. These pups will declare themselves leader of the pack if you don’t step in first. “You will end up” owning “passive owners who haven’t established themselves as front runners in the family package,” explains the AKC.

However, it is up to you to train your dog. You can have a “difficult to train” breed with perfect manners if you adhere to the breed’s difficulties and achievements.

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Even Puppies Get the Point

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Dogs’ ability to understand us and respond to our attempts to communicate with them has long been considered a fundamental part of the close relationship we share. More than two decades ago, researchers first provided evidence that dogs can follow human pointing gestures.

Many studies have since shown that when humans point at one of two identical objects to indicate the location of the food, dogs respond by choosing the one pointed more often than we would happen to expect. This may sound like an easy skill, but maybe that’s because it’s so easy for us. The idea that another species can respond to our hint is a big deal.

As with any significant discovery, this topic has been discussed at length. Behavioral questions mainly revolve around whether dogs are learning what this gesture means from spending so much time with us, or whether they can naturally understand that pointing is a way to get their attention to something interesting.

It is difficult to study for practical and ethical reasons. Most adult dogs have a lot of experience with humans. Raising dogs without such contact for the purposes of scientific study would be cruel and totally unacceptable. It would also be pointless because such dogs would be so poorly socialized and so fearful that they would not be able to participate in studies. However, puppies are a different matter.

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In a recent study, researchers used the fact that young puppies have limited experience with humans to examine their ability to respond to human pointing gestures. The 375 participating puppies were between 7.3 and 10.4 weeks old (mean age 8.4 weeks). The puppies were loaned out by Canine Companions for Independence, a non-profit group that provides assistance dogs to people with disabilities. The 203 females and 172 males came from 117 litters. In terms of breed, there were 98 Labrador Retrievers, 23 Golden Retrievers, and 254 Golden Retriever / Labrador Retriever crosses.


The experimenter hid food in one of two places and either (A) pointed and looked at the bait container, or (B) placed any marker next to the bait container. (C) Puppies exceeded chance expectation with both social cues, but not in an olfactory control state. Source: https://doi.org/10.1101/2021.03.17.434752

In the study, the pups had a choice of two containers, one of which held a piece of snack food. While one person was holding the pup, another caught the pup’s attention and either pointed and looked at the food reward container, or showed the pup a marker (a small yellow block) and then placed the marker next to the correct container. Based on the dot gesture, the pups chose correctly more than two-thirds of the time. They correctly picked almost three-quarters of the time the person communicated the location of the food by placing the marker.

In control trials, where puppies were not directed and were likely to choose based on the smell of the food, their decisions had a success rate of 48.9 percent – essentially random and slightly worse than you’d expect based on chance alone. These experiments showed that puppies could not find the food by sniffing it out.

Multiple replications did not appear to improve the puppies’ performance. This suggests that they don’t learn the task while studying. (They had either already learned the task even though they were so young, or they could do it without having to study.) Previous studies in adult dogs – both lap dogs and assistance dogs – found similar success rates for the pointing task, and were even higher Success in the marker task.

Another aspect of this study examined the genetic basis for the variation in dogs’ ability to find food based on human information about their location. They found that 43 percent of the variation was due to heredity, confirming a long-standing belief that genetics play a role in dogs’ social and cognitive abilities. This is an important finding. In order for selection to affect a dog’s ability to respond to human communication, as there are many theories about the domestication of dogs, there must be a genetic basis.

It is important to understand that even a natural ability can be adaptive. Hence, it is not that dogs either have an innate ability or need to learn that ability. The idea that behavior is binary is extremely out of date. In fact, an influential 1967 study in my field of ethology had the brand name “Ontogenesis of an Instinct”. To understand why it was so dangerous, it is important to know that ontogeny means evolution.

The study looked at changes in a pattern of behavior that was believed to be instinctive: a gull chick pecks at one point on the beak of an adult gull to trigger feeding. Such species-specific behavior patterns were viewed as innate rather than learned. In a series of studies, Jack P. Hailman, PhD showed that learning took place and that gull chicks improved their chopping accuracy with practice.

The idea that instinctive behavior can be improved and that learning occurs in relation to such behaviors was revolutionary and has changed the field significantly. But here, more than 50 years later, we are still debating whether behavior is instinctive or learned. It is more complex than that, and we have to accept that learning can play a role even in natural and species-prevalent behavior.

One possibility that must always be considered is that dogs have a tendency to learn the ability to follow human gestures. That is, it can be easy and natural for them to learn. In fact, it can be so simple and natural that it can be difficult to find dogs who have not yet learned how to do it. The current study provides evidence that even young puppies who have not had extensive experience with humans can perform this task and – equally interesting and important – that there is a genetic basis for this behavior. However, dogs have not been shown to have this ability in the absence of experience with humans.

The researchers say it fairly in their work: “Taken together, our results show that the social skills of dogs are very important in early development and that the variation in these traits is strongly influenced by genetic factors.”

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How to Tell if Your Dog is a Genius

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Anyone who has lived with a dog knows their ability to learn the meanings of words, even those you wouldn’t want them to know. How many times did you have to spell the words “going” or “dinner” to avoid an explosion of excitement?

Previous studies have looked at how non-human animals, including chimpanzees, sea lions, and rhesus monkeys, learn words. But now, a paper published in Nature shows that some dogs learn the name of a new object after hearing it just four times, a skill previously believed to be limited to humans.

The researchers found that this skill was not common in all dogs studied, but may be limited to a few “talented” or well-trained individuals. So how do you know if your own dog is a genius or not?

The study was simple and easy to repeat at home. Just follow the researchers’ steps to see if your dog can learn the names of objects that quickly. But don’t worry if your dog doesn’t have this ability. This can only be due to his race or previous experience.

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Whiskey and Vicky Nina

The new study included a collie named Whiskey who knew 59 objects by name and a Yorkshire terrier named Vicky Nina who knew 42 toys.

The researchers tested each dog’s knowledge of their toy by asking them to bring each toy in turn. Neither the owners nor the experimenters could see the toys so as not to influence the choice of dogs.

Once it was determined that the dogs knew the names of all of their toys, the researchers introduced two new objects, each placed one at a time in a group of familiar toys. In this test, Whiskey chose the new toy every time. Vicky Nina got the right one in 52.5% of the attempts, which is a bit more than chance.

Learn new names

For the next part of the study, the dog was shown a toy, given its name, and then allowed to play with it. After repeating the name of two different new toys four times, the dog was asked to choose one of the two new toys.

No known toys were included in this part of the experiment in order to prevent the dog from choosing the right toy through exclusion. Knowing the name of all the other toys, the dog may choose the right toy, guessing that the unfamiliar word must indicate the unfamiliar toy.

Both dogs opted for the new toy more often than chance would predict, suggesting that they actually learned the name of a new object very quickly. However, her memory deteriorated significantly after 10 minutes and almost completely after an hour. This shows that the new learning needs more reinforcement if it is to be maintained.

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The test with the new toy was also done by 20 volunteers with their own dogs, but these dogs did not show the ability to learn new names after a few hearings.

The authors suggested that the difference between the performance of the two dogs in their test and the volunteer dogs means that the dog may need to be unusually intelligent or have a lot of name learning experience in order to learn new names quickly.

A dog surrounded by toys.

Clever dogs

It is likely that a combination of factors are at work in these experiments. It is significant that the most common breed used in studies of this species is a border collie, specifically bred to perform audible commands and very highly motivated to perform tasks and please the handler. Yorkshire terriers also enjoy mental and physical stimulation.

Similar tests have been carried out by other research groups, usually using border collies. In 2004, a dog named Rico was found to know the names of 200 different objects, and in 2011 Chaser learned 1,022 unique objects.

Other breeds may be less interested in playing with or fetching toys. For example, greyhounds such as salukis and greyhounds are primarily bred for hunting or racing and are therefore generally more difficult to train. They may not show any interest in toys at all and be far less motivated to please the handler.

Smart dogs can learn new names quickly.

Both test dogs in this study received extensive training through play and social interaction to pay attention to the names and characteristics of the toys. This could make them more likely to notice the differences between new and familiar toys and to care about the verbal cues associated with them.

While their training was not formal, it was nonetheless positive reinforcement training, a powerful method of teaching animals and people. The dogs have undoubtedly learned their skills to a great extent.

It is entirely possible to train all dogs to perform tasks, including learning the names of objects. However, the degree to which they are willing and able to learn and perform the task depends heavily on the breed of dog and the motivation of the individual dog.

If your pet is an Afghan or Saint Bernard, don’t expect them to be interested in spending hours getting toys for you. On the other hand, if you have a border collie or poodle, their abilities can only be limited by your imagination and commitment to playing with them.The conversation

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10 Most Challenging Dog Breeds That Are Full Of Love

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All dogs need love, attention, and training – but some dog breeds need a little more than others. Every dog breed has its strengths and weaknesses. That doesn’t make any particular breed less loveable, but these 10 dog breeds may need a lot more patience and obedience training than others.
These breeds tend to be intelligent, independent, and stubborn, making then the least obedient dog breeds. Successfully training one of these breeds should win you an award!

00:00​ – Intro
00:30​ – Afghan Hound
01:19​ – Chow Chow
02:04​ – Basenji
02:45​ – Bulldog
03:24​ – Bloodhound
04:08​ – Pekingese
04:45​ – Dachshund
05:22​ – Welsh Terrier
06:03​ – Beagle
06:37​ – Borzoi
07:10​ – Outro

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