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Training Tips


It is important to start teaching your wire as soon as you get him/her. Take baby steps with the baby and teach one technique at a time. They have short attention spans, so don't overload them with training sessions that are too long. Usually I spend 5 or 6 minutes at each training session and concentrate on one thing like the come or the sit several times a day. Once they get that, on to the next area.

The Long Down


This pictures several dogs completing the long down exercise during an obedience class. You can see that Ch. Wyrelee Banned In Boston CD ROM (Bandy) was doing quite well here. On other occasions she would "graze" or eat the grass surrounding her while she was laying there. I remember one of the people in the class started calling her a pony because when the exercise was finished, there might not be much grass around her! It took me a long time to break her of that habit. Perhaps the fact there was no grass here, was her salvation on this day!

If you noticed the Papillon, he also was mine. He became Ch. Kavar Much Ado CD.  He and Bandy would chase each other around the house and outside in the yard.  They were great friends.  Since wires are prey driven, it was rather amazing to see the two play together.  Bandy was the only wire of mine at the time that I would allow being loose with the Pap.


When Amanda Milburn called me up and said that Apollo (Ch. Wyrelee Shaken Not Stirred NA, NAJ, CD, RN) was going to be competing in his first agility trial, I had to be there.  It was one of the greatest events I had ever attended at the time.  This has to be the perfect activity for the wire.  They can run and jump and bark and just be plain silly while they are racing as fast as they can!  I couldn't stop laughing while I was watching him run the course.  I didn't get to see him get his first leg as he did blow one exercise that day, but he qualified the next day.  Here you get to see him going through his many exercises in agility.


Where To Get Information

There is much information available for the person serious about learning to train your wire.  I was very lucky to meet Kitty Fields at a Santa Cruz Kennel Club handling class one summer evening in 1970.  She took a look at my dog and handed me her card.  She taught me so much and also became one of my best friends.  She was an obedience trainer and had learned how to strip her wire.  Over the years I took many training classes from her.

The Monks of New Skete have some publications you can purchase with good training tips.  Although, their books focus on German Shepherds, there is much you can learn from reading their books.  Dogpatch is a training site that is loaded with information about terriers.  Then there are fox terrier and training sites on the internet where you can get even more information.  I would suggest you talk to the breeder of your puppy to get some names of trainers in your area that have had experiences with wires.  If you go to a class and the trainer says the wire is untrainable, leave and find someone else.  Obviously this person is very limited in their knowledge of training techniques. 

Puppy Training


There are many tips on how to make your little pup a good citizen.  Consistency in his learning is a very important part of his training.  Use short sessions and focus on only one activity at a time.  For example, if you don't like him jumping up on you start immediately to correct the behavior.  Don't shout.  Firmly say "sit",  then gently put him in a sit position and give him lots of praise and a treat. Making the training sessions short and fun will go along way towards his learning the behavior quickly and retaining what he has learned.  Wire puppies have a short attention span.  That is why drilling over and over will bore him and he will decide it is more fun to do other things than the task at hand.


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