We at Exquisite Eurasier follow parts of a few programs, theories, and ideas that we have melded together into a system that works for us and the dogs.
We are always learning, adding and improving. We follow six programs currently. In each program, it was created as guidelines for a specific breed and or task. The best programs we found were that of the Military and the Guide dogs ( which uses the Military as well.).
Puppy Culture is a program that a breeder developed from gathering information from many sources and putting together a program that works for her. There are sections designed for breeders, as well as puppy owners. She takes you from prebirth to showing a dog. It's great resource for new breeders, a refresher for established breeders with many tips that works for her and raising her Bull Terriers.
Bull Terriers are very strong-willed, fearless independent dogs that can be very difficult to train compared to Eurasiers. In my opinion, not nearly as intelligent either. Harsh words do not faze Bull Terriers as they would for our beloved breed the Eurasiers. Strong negative reinforcement could break a Eurasier’s spirit. The Bull Terrier needs lots and lots of socialization along with discipline at an early age to deter an aggressive side in them towards both humans and animals. The Eurasier needs frequent socialization to curb their shyness toward people.
Other breeds may be like the Bull Terrier or a breed that has a strong instinctual trait such as a Coonhound or a Beagle that makes them very stubborn and prone to ignore basic commands and needs more steps in training than a Eurasier. Closely following a program like Puppy Culture may be very helpful to the new breeder and the owners. The author of Puppy Culture never had Eurasiers and experienced their very unique nature. Please keep this in mind with all other books or materials you read.
We bred Labs in the past, rescue many dogs as well as whelped shelter dogs, so we researched many different theories and approaches in how to breed and train. We have had professional dog trainers and behavior specialists when certain rescue dogs were not responding positively to us such as in the case of Jake.
We have always loved having dogs under our feet but tended to avoid some of the aggressive breeds that take a firm hand. We have always treated our pups and dogs as they are one of our family with love and respect.
At Exquisite Eurasiers, we take a different approach. We are always reading, researching, and searching for new information to understand and communicate with our dogs and puppies. We use information from about six or so breeding programs. We pick what works for us in rearing Eurasiers.
You will find many articles about crate training. Eurasiers do not do well in crates. You might even run into people that have used crates in the past for their Eurasiers, claiming that their dog loved the crate and it did not affect them. First, they do not know how their dog would have acted if not in a cage. Your pup needs very little housebreaking training when you get home. You just pay attention to need to know what signal your pup gives you when they need to go outside. This takes time and your attention. They are not big chewers. You need just to have their toys and chews in their reach. But they are puppies that need to be restricted in your home until they learn the rules and the pathway to the great outdoors. Gates and playpens work better where the pup has an open-top. Eurasiers are more sensitive to everything than other breeds. You can break their spirit very easily.
“At Exquisite Eurasiers we take a different approach. We are always reading, researching, and searching for new information to understand and communicate with our dogs and puppies. We use information from about six or so breeding programs. We pick what works for us in rearing Eurasiers.”