Shar Pei is the case when the representative of the breed looks very harmless and charming, but in fact has a serious temper. And if you look into the history of the breed, this dissonance does not seem so surprising. Once these dogs had larger dimensions and were used as guards and hunters for large animals, later - they were often bred for fighting. Naturally, some bright character traits were transmitted to modern dogs at the gene level, which do not detract from the relatively modest size of individuals. Raising and training sharpei for beginners can cause serious difficulties and it is best to bring such a pet to an experienced person familiar with the specifics of the breed.
How not to be late with education and training
Everything is simple here - as soon as a well-fed bun-puppy crosses the threshold of the house, the owner should start raising him. But while you can delay the training - tricks and various tasks the kid at this age will not be able to master. But educational moments should always be present - both at home and beyond. Throughout their lives, Sharpeis need reinforcing skills and reminders of good manners - without this they can quickly forget what the master taught them.
If a pet has been brought into a family by adults, and before its education was not given due attention, it will be extremely difficult for a new family. Sharpei are difficult to reeducate, but with the right approach, a pet can be weaned from bad habits - it is important to be patient and use the appropriate techniques. In such a situation, it is recommended to turn to professionals for help - the dog handler will tell you how to behave with your new four-legged friend.
A dog trained in all the necessary skills will not always be a good thing. Changed conditions, life situations, adolescence, etc. will necessarily affect his behavior. And if sharpei has flaws, they will certainly get worse.
An ill-bred pet of this breed can bring a lot of problems: it is able to mark territory in a home, spoil personal belongings and furniture, often bark and flood, enter into conflicts with other dogs and even bite. Sharpeis have well-developed hunting instincts, distrust of strangers, a sense of territoriality and self-esteem. Therefore, dogs of this breed need a leader-leader who will use the characteristics of the dog’s temperament to their advantage.
Should direct the energy of the pet in the right direction:
- if a dog barks all night, responding to the barking of street dogs, he can be trained to give a voice only when strangers approach the door;
- hunting instincts can be used in sports - agility, caniros, and others;
- surplus energy a pet can throw out on a joint run with the owner, or accompanying the owner on a trip, etc.
Knowing the needs of a four-legged friend, it is easier for the owner to correct his behavior.
The first stages of education
Once in a new home, the puppy should immediately get acquainted with the basic rules, and the established boundaries should never fluctuate. This applies to a pet of any age - whether it is a monthly puppy or an adult dog. That is, if the dog is forbidden to enter the bedroom, it is not worth it to bring him there yourself in order to get acquainted with the situation. Or today you can’t forbid the dog to lie on the couch, and tomorrow, having regretted, give good to such a whim. The ban must be maintained, regardless of any factors.
The puppy’s behavior should immediately be projected onto an adult sharpei: if the baby crawls onto the hands, the significantly grown-up pet will also behave. The same applies to biting your legs, jumping onto the owner at a meeting, scratching doors and more. Today it seems funny, and tomorrow you will become frankly annoying.
As already noted, sharpei have a habit of dominating, and in puppyhood the owner will either teach the dog good manners or the pet will impose its own rules on him. You can understand this simply - if the owner wakes up at 5 in the morning, not because he needs to work, but because the four-legged one wakes him up persistently, it means that not a man commands in the house.
The first couple of weeks in the new house are familiarization, both for the puppy and the teenage dog. Sharpei finds out who is in charge of the house, where is his place, what is permissible to do, and what is strictly prohibited. But if the owner does not introduce the new pet to the rules, he will establish his own rules.
Immediately you need to pay attention to the following aspects:
- you can’t give the dog too much freedom - you shouldn’t let him into all the rooms in the house, just a corridor and one of the rooms;
- furniture for a taboo puppy - it is forbidden both to climb on it and to put paws and spoil it;
- doggie misses and scrapes in the door - this is also not encouraged.
Experts believe that the first days a dog is in a new house is the best time to correct his behavior.
Encouragement and punishment
Owners should be aware that dogs, like humans, learn from their experiences. And if the dog’s actions led to positive consequences - encouragement, then he will repeat them more than once. But the pet will definitely remember the negative result (that is, punishment) and try to avoid such unpleasant situations.
Dog breeders often use the carrot and stick method. In the case of sharpei, it works, but only if the owner correctly "rewards" and punishes the four-legged friend. Among the common mistakes are the following:
- The owner does not take into account the fact that dogs evaluate the situation differently.. When the owner is dissatisfied with the work of the pet and begins to push him away from him, the dog can perceive this as a fun game. The same thing happens when a person yells at a barking dog - the animal thinks that the owner supports it. By making such mistakes, the trainer turns punishment into encouragement.
- Untimely reaction. You can get the result from the punishment if you managed to catch the dog at the crime scene or react immediately, as he behaved badly. For example, tearing a pillow to shreds, the dog will cheerfully run to meet the owner. And the pet will associate a strict reprimand not with an offense, but with its joyful reaction to the arrival of a person. The same can be said about encouragement - the dog receives a portion of affection or a treat at the very moment of the assignment. If the dog sinks to the floor after hearing the “lay” command, the trainer must reward the pet before it rises.
- Sharpei provocation. You can’t leave your pet intentionally or accidentally where it’s necessary to betray. Does the dog like to chew on shoes? Before leaving, it is advisable to remove it away from the four-legged comrade. Can't stand it and makes puddles on an expensive carpet? It is worth restricting access to it.
- Guilty look - in no way connected with the deed. Most dog owners are sure that the dog lowers its eyes to the floor, hides or turns away, because it understands that it did poorly. In fact, this is a reaction to the behavior of the owner: the person is angry, and the dog understands - now it will not be clear to him what to punish. Usually the animal submits to the leader’s strength and bends to the ground, confirming this, the same thing happens with a late punishment.
Understanding the pet is the key to successful upbringing and training, in this case it will be possible to avoid misunderstandings and negative results. In addition, pedigree features should be taken into account, yet sharpei is a complex and ambiguous dog.
Video about the features of sharpei training
Features sharpei training
Representatives of different breeds require a different approach - which is acceptable for some, for others is unacceptable. How are sharpei different from most brothers, and what tactics are better for the owner to choose?
- Do not be aggressive. Practically all representatives of the eastern rocks have a lower pain threshold, so they do not perceive the physical impact. If a pet is beaten, he will not change his behavior and will not understand why the trainer behaves so strangely. Sharpei will endure any repressions steadily due to thick-skinnedness, but he will remember the actions of a person for a long time. The owner will not earn authority, but only retaliatory aggression. The owner needs to establish a trusting relationship with a four-legged friend, and not total control and enslavement.
- Sharpeys need early socialization. In no case can you isolate the puppy from the outside world. It is also not recommended to take the baby from the bitch too early, in which case he will perceive the person as a threatening factor. The pet should be immediately introduced to the animals in the house and shown that they are not a threat. This is extremely important, since sharpei's relations with other representatives of the animal world are far from always successful.
- The owner should immediately determine the functions of the dog.. Sharpei can be either just a companion - friendly and sympathetic, or a strict watchman - incredulous and biased. In the second case, you should not demonstrate the puppy to all who came - the dog must distinguish between "friends" and strangers. But it’s important not to overdo it - you must not allow him to rush to outsiders, loud enough, warning barking. Companion sharpei training occurs in the same way as other dogs in this category.
- Sharpei value food promotion. The effectiveness will increase significantly if the dog receives a piece of delicious food. This approach does not harm the mental and physical condition of the pet, he will quickly position the pupil to what is happening and set up for work. But you can’t punish with food, forcing the guilty dog to starve. This technique is extremely encouraging, but treating your dog with goodies just isn't worth it - sharpei should know that you need to earn any goodies. Usually dogs of this breed catch the owner’s discontent already by the fact that they have not received the usual treats.
- Do not forget about praise. Unfortunately, the owners often upset the balance, regularly punishing the guilty dog, sometimes forgetting about encouragement. Of course, it’s not worth it to feed the dog delicacies for any slight success, but a kind word, stroking, playing together makes it clear to the dog - they love, understand, and do good things.
- Shar Pei is stubborn - and this should be reckoned with. Dogs of this breed must make attempts to "pull" the initiative on themselves, and the owner should not be allowed to. Feeling at least once his superiority, the pet will cease to obey and will continue to try to take a leadership position. Naturally, training will not give the expected result.
Shar Pei is the oldest breed, and the nature of its representatives has evolved over the centuries. Therefore, it is important for a person to study the characteristics of these dogs before the pet enters the family and becomes its integral part.