If you want to adopt a Chinese Shar Pei, one of the most important things you have to do to prepare for your new pet is to educate yourself about Shar Pei training. These dogs are very popular as pets, since they are by nature loyal, protective and affectionate animals. At the same time, they can be very bossy and stubborn dogs, so being firm and patient with them is necessary if you want to make sure that your pet will be friendly and well behaved. Without proper training, these dogs can become aggressive, so it is vital that you let them know that you are the pack leader.
You should start Shar Pei training as young as possible. While you can train them at any time, it will be much easier for you and your dog alike if you start when they’re young. Leash training and basic manners are things which can be taught even when they are still very young. This is a very intelligent breed and can learn tricks with ease. Regular training and structured play will keep them mentally engaged and helps you to bond with your pet even as you reinforce proper behavior. Chinese Shar Pei also need to be well socialized or they can fall prey to anxiety and depression; but with good Shar Pei training, you can raise a well adjusted, happy dog.
Even though it is not something that the Chinese Shar Pei is known for, the breed takes well to competitive training along with the basic tricks. If you’re interested in competition, then you may want to look into dog agility training. Other options which are fun for you and your dog include dock jumping, protection sports and flyball.
There are a couple of things about Shar Pei training which you have to always keep in mind, regardless of what you are trying to teach your dog. One of these is to be consistent. You can’t let your dog get away with bad behavior some times and not others, since this will confuse them. This inconsistent approach will not teach them that what they are doing is wrong and can lead them to become afraid of you or lash out from frustration.
When you train your Shar Pei, make sure to reward them for their good behavior. This doesn’t mean giving them treats every time they behave, which isn’t especially healthy. It’s best to give praise to your dog when they follow a command or behave well.
Finally, never be physically aggressive towards your dog. This can cause them to fight back against you in an effort to defend themself. All you need to do in most cases is to say “no” loudly and firmly. You can also hold their jaws shut and gently hold their head down on the floor. This is a gesture which will not hurt your dog, but will establish your dominance.