It appears that you have fallen in love
with a Staffordshire Terrier. Staffy training will present you with rewards
beyond your expectations, but you will face some challenges along the
You probably already know your staffy is or
will be a medium sized dog with a big heart, a lot of energy and a great
sense of devotion to its family. Dont be deluded about one thing, without
proper training your Staffy is going to be a runaway bundle of muscle. So
it is important that Staffy training is at the top of your "to do" list
when you bring your puppy home for the first time.
Fortunately, Staffies, are an intelligent breed of dog,
and as a result are highly responsive to training. They are also very
keen to please their masters. Start early and stay consistent throughout
the training process to ensure that they don't try and take advantage of
you. Your Staffy will grow into a very powerful, muscular animal which
will likely need firm but fair handling and lots of time and energy.
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Staffy Training is different in a number of ways.
Staffies are almost universally very energetic. The energy expresses itself as
sometimes being boisterous especially when greeting visitors. They need an
outlet for their enegy and thus need a lot of exercise. They will rarely turn
down an opportunity for a walk or run in the local park.
Staffies are a tough, courageous(sometimes foolishly so), tenacious, and
occasionally a stubborn breed. They are also extremely protective of their
pack(family), very curious, quick and agile.
These dogs flourish with constant companionship to
remain truly happy. They are a dog who loves to be closely involved with your
family rather than being chained in a yard or kennel. All the Staffy training
in the world is useless if you're never home as they tend to get anxious and
express the nervous energy through destructive behaviour. They like more
socialization than many other breeds. They are happy to be with other dogs,
but definitely prefer the company of their own pack(your family). Staffies are
probably most famous for being great with kids and even infants.
As I mentioned before, Staffordshire terriers like
nothing more than to make their masters happy, but occasionally they can be a
little on the stubborn side. Being a strong muscular dog, they can assert
their will and so training will not always be simple.
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