As with any breed, training is essential part of your Wires life. You need to teach him to be a decent member of your neighborhood, not “that darn dog next door.” This can be done with a little socialization and proper training.
We strongly recommend that you find a reward-based puppy kindergarten class in your area and attend it with your pup. Reward-based training, sometimes called positive reinforcement, uses something your dog values (treat, toy, or praise) as a reward for offering you the behavior you want. Reward-based training gets you the results you want much faster than the punishment-based method of training. Here is some more information about reward-based training from the Humane Society of the United States.
Find the Right Class
Training is often a challenge for inexperienced Wire owners. Many think their dogs are stubborn or dumb, but actually they are very smart — too smart for their own good. Picking the right type of class will make the training experience much more enjoyable for you and your dog. Pay attention to the training place you plan to attend, and visit a class to see what is taught and how it is taught before you sign up. Some classes spend a lot of time repeating the same commands, which is boring for you and your dog. We suggest picking a class that does a variety of activities to keep both you and your dog engaged.
Don’t Get Too Excited
Wires can get excited easily. Remember to be upbeat and cheerful while training, but don’t go over the top with praise. You might get better results just by giving your little guy a pat on the head or a scratch on his chest, not a great super enthusiastic, “good job!” Calm praise will keep him happy and not get him too excited. That way you don’t have to spend the rest of class getting him calmed down.
Don’t Hit Your Dog!
Never hit your dog with your hand or a rolled up newspaper. They can easily become fearful of hands or large objects. Plus, hitting your dog will not get you the results you want. For example, your dog runs off. You chase and chase him through the neighborhood. You scream, “come, come, COME! Finally you catch him and you spank him for misbehaving. The next time he runs away, do you think he will listen to you when you ask him to come? Heck no. He knows you’re going to hit him – he’s not stupid! You’re better off praising your dog (even though you might be angry with him) and giving him a treat than punishing him. With some practice, he’ll learn that good things happen when you call him and he’ll run eagerly run to you.