How to Train Your Samoyed Part II – Getting Them to Listen

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It contains lots of good tips about how to train your Samoyed. Much of the information applies not only to Samoyeds, but to other dog breeds as well. It all starts with developing a loving bond. If interested in learning more, click on any of the links to be taken to a free mini course from

Training Your Samoyed to Listen to You

Why Won’t My Samoyed Listen To Me?

This is a common question that most first-time Samoyed owners ask me. Before I answer your question, let me ask you a few instead:

  • Do you use cookies, collars, head halters or clickers to make your Samoyed listen to your commands?
  • Do you have to raise your voice every time you want your Samoyed to listen to you?
  • Does your Samoyed always come or sit on command – anytime and anywhere you want him to?

If your answers are mostly in the negative, its time you seriously reconsider your role as a sincere Samoyed trainer and an ideal pet parent.

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Get Your Samoyed To Listen To You

Before you begin any training, you must first establish yourself as the “ALPHA dog” of your family. Your Samoyed must know that you’re the leader of the pack and it is YOU who is in charge.

Here is a list of simple DO’s and DONT’s that you must follow if you want to be the Alpha:

  • Always go out or come in through the door first – remember you are the leader;
  • Always eat first – give your Samoyed something to eat only after you’ve finished your meal;
  • Don’t circle around your Samoyed when he is lying on the floor – make your Samoyed move out of your way instead;
  • Don’t let your Samoyed set the rules – pay attention to him when you think fit and not whenever he demands;
  • Don’t permit your Samoyed to sleep with you in your bed – demarcate his sleeping area clearly.

Once you successfully established yourself as the Alpha, training your Samoyed and making him listen will be a lot easier than you can imagine. Remember, if your Samoyed does not learn to “listen”, all your training efforts will be in vain!

Does your Samoyed know his name? Does your Samoyed look at you whenever you call him by his name? This is the first and the most critical step involved in Samoyed Training. If your Samoyed doesn’t respond to his name, you cannot have his attention for teaching him any other commands.

To make sure that your Samoyed recognizes his name, take a treat in your hand and hold it away from your body. Call your Samoyed’s name. He is most likely to look at the treat in your hand. Continue calling his name untill he turns and looks at your eyes. Give him the treat immediately. Repeat this exercise by holding the treat in the other hand. Once you’re sure that your Samoyed has learnt to recognize his name, just call his name and reward him for looking at you by petting or with a hug.

You must understand that Samoyeds respond far better to positive reinforcement than they do to coercion or force.

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