An owner outside with their Samoyed, trying to train it.

Do Samoyeds Need Professional Training?

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Samoyeds are charming, loving, and intelligent dogs. Dog training is the process of teaching your dog manners and commands. A well-trained Samoyed can comprehend its owner’s expectations and how to live with ease. But do Samoyeds need professional training to accomplish this?

Samoyeds are easy to train and do require professional training. However, a Samoyed’s ability for learning new things and commands decreases as they become older. Samoyeds are ideal dogs for obedience training though. Therefore, it is advised to start training Samoyeds when they are young.

Why Samoyeds Need Professional Training And When To Start

Samoyeds are mostly recognized for being bred for obedience and activity training. They were raised in a Samoyedic culture in a Siberian environment. That tribe used to teach their dogs from a very young age to help them with everyday chores and other things. 

So, these creatures appear to be rather well conditioned to serve as companions to humans, yet they also have their own ways of thinking and minds filled with ideas. So, training should begin as soon as you bring your new puppy home because some behaviors may be difficult to teach. 

Also, try not to embark on intense training sessions right away. Keep each session brief, and at the conclusion of each, you should give praise and goodies to your dog. Remember, the sooner you can give your dog praise and a treat for successfully doing something you want, the better.

Different Types Of Training, Professional And Otherwise, For Samoyeds

A Samoyed leaping over some barriers to train for a show.
Samoyeds definitely don’t need this type of training, but look at this one go!

Here are the different types of training you can put your Samoyed through, either professionally or with you at home. Let’s start with obedience training.

Obedience Training

Obedience training is a type of instruction that helps a puppy or dog become more responsive to simple commands, more sociable, and more equipped to perform duties like grooming, among other things. 

In Samoyeds, obedience training typically begins at 6 weeks of age and lasts for 7 to 10 weeks, depending on the puppy’s learning capacity. Professionals can train your dog to be obedient. 

Moreover, there are several techniques used to train dogs for obedience, including clicker training. Also, the positive reinforcement method involves rewarding good behavior with treats and praise.

Crate Training

Samoyeds typically enjoy the outdoors, but situations like emergencies, living situations, pregnancy, parturition, and raising their puppies will force them to spend a lot of time indoors. In order to allay concerns regarding crate-training Samoyeds, it is important to remember that it could take these dogs up to a year to become crate trained

Also, owners can initially not restrain their Samoyed puppies up until six months of age. After that, introduce your puppy to a crate by encouraging it and rewarding it with treats.

Secondly, feed your Samoyed inside the crate because this seems to make them happy during mealtime. Also, do not force your Samoyeds into the crate as this could result in trauma or other unintended injuries. While crate training doesn’t require professional help, having that kind of assistance doesn’t hurt either. 

Teaching Them Tricks

Dog tricks are excellent tools for maintaining Samoyeds’ mental health and sharpness. Even though they provide for better first impressions and are meant to impress, dog tricks can help you and your pets form the best possible bonds. You may teach your Samoyed simple skills like sitting, standing, shaking paws, etc., but, again, professional training goes a long way here as well.

Sit Training 

This command and type of training don’t require professional training, but as with other types of training, it doesn’t hurt to have it. Moreover, the sit command is the easiest of all the tricks to train a Samoyed or any dog breed to do. All it needs is patience, consistency, and effort. All you need to do is hold a treat in your hand and move it in front of your dog to get its attention. 

Now raise your hand about 2 to 3 inches up from your dog and say the word “sit.” With this trick, your dog will naturally look upward and place its butt down. Repeat this trick and the sessions with it while offering treats and praise to your dog. Over time, repeat the command without a treat. Eventually, your dog will learn this trick.

Stay Training

The most impressive trick to teach is to stay, which will keep your pet calm. With the aid of this trick, the relationship between the owner and the pets can become solid and full of trust. 

When a dog learns this technique, it is less probable that it will jump over other persons and strangers too. Use fundamental training techniques, like physical rewards, offering treats, and utilizing voice cues to keep your pet calm, when teaching this task.

Potty Training

Samoyeds should start potty training as soon as possible, ideally at a very young age. The earlier you begin, the easier it will be to train your dog. Prior to beginning toilet training, remember it could take your Samoyed up to 6 months to complete the process. 

All you have to do is treat your dog fairly and consistently. Then, in the beginning, you must have a particular space set apart for your Samoyed to use the restroom. Also, remember puppies typically need to go potty immediately after eating, playing, or sleeping. 

Therefore, all you need to do is watch your puppy, take it outside as soon as it stops moving, and reward it as it accomplishes this behavior.

Are Samoyeds Easy To Train?

Samoyeds are among the most intelligent and devoted dogs, and training gives them mental stimulation that helps them avoid problems while enjoying life. When it comes to training though, Samoyeds are renowned for being independent and stubborn. However, that does not mean they are impossible to train. 

It all comes down to the owner’s relationship and bond with their Samoyed, as well as how devoted and patient they are to their pet. The more patient and devoted, the more results an owner will see.  

Remember also that Samoyeds are stubborn, so they may occasionally act as if they are ignoring you and not responding. In addition, to prevent boredom, you must keep them engaged in activities and provide them with physical stimulation.

How To Discipline Samoyeds

Due to their continuous energy, Samoyeds are considered among the most energetic breeds of dogs. Therefore, you must maintain control over them and teach them the distinction between right and wrong, even if they come into contact with your typical household objects, such as furniture, clothing, and groceries. 

This is only possible by instilling discipline in them. When your Samoyeds behave poorly, use a loud, unpleasant tone and correct them. When they behave well, reward them with treats and compliments. These actions are the pillars of discipline.

Do Treats Help With Training Samoyeds?

When a dog performs admirably or well enough, reward them with goodies, which are usually healthy chews or crunchy foods. Training a Samoyed can be challenging and demanding for both the owner and the pet

Samoyeds are capable of making numerous errors and occasionally responding well. Motivate your Samoyeds by rewarding them with treats and praise, which will encourage them to act properly once more.

Providing your dog with treats during training is therefore a healthy practice. The only thing to remember is to think about the nutritional value and safety of the treats you are giving your dog.

How Obedient Are Samoyeds?

Samoyeds are renowned for being one the most obedient dogs since several of their traits make them ideal for being that way. 

Due to their prowess at pulling sleds at the South Pole, Samoyeds have a long history of developing strong relationships with people. Despite their obedience, though, they can be a touch stubborn.

What To Avoid While Training Samoyeds?

Samoyeds are not particularly challenging to train, but it’s vital to keep in mind that these breeds are renowned for getting bored easily. So, it’s necessary to remember not to use harsh methods or to keep employing the same ones for a lengthy amount of time. 

They are highly sensitive and are known to become distracted if you continuously employ harsh methods.

Conclusion: Do Samoyeds Need Professional Training?

In conclusion, you may need professionals when training Samoyeds. This won’t be true for every type of training or situation, but it never hurts to have the help of a qualified professional when training Samoyeds.

So, what are you planning to do? Are you planning on professionally training your Samoyed or are you going to do it if yourself? Maybe a combination of both? Let us know your thoughts and why in the comments below!

Dr. Dilber
Dr. Dilber
Dr. Dilber is a veterinarian, who studied veterinary medicine at the Sindh Agriculture University Tandojam. After completing the degree, he worked as a veterinary surgeon in different vet surgeries and clinics in Pakistan. He is also working for Animal Welfare and Animal Rights in Pakistan. Besides this, he is giving lectures, some of them at the University of animal sciences, Lahore, and publishing articles about pet health, nutrition, diseases, and animal welfare issues. As an expert and animal rights activist, he often has to be at court of justice to support lawsuits regarding animal welfare.