Your dog is not”stubborn” or less intelligent.


It sometimes feels impossible to get yourself to actually do the training that will result in the behaviours you would like to see in your dog because it seems like there is no point, especially if your dog is reactive or interested in something other than you. Some breeds are like that.

If your dog was bred to working independently of humans, you’re at the right place.

Eight Important Tips For Training The Purpose-Bred For “Stubborn” Dog

Read about my experience with my own “difficult to train” dogs HERE


It’s often frustrating to want to do fun things or compete with your dog and think that there is no hope because your dog is not the “right dog” or does not “behave” the right way because of his breed or in bred instincts.

Dogs of breeds at #40 or higher on the so-called Dog Intelligence List are thought to be of only average Working/”Obedience” intelligence. 

These breeds are considered to be “stubborn”, less intelligent or “hard to train” are actually the complete opposite. They are very intelligent (as are all dogs), and instead need somewhat modified training methods to help them focus.

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This blog is about what I have learned through training my own “difficult” dogs in different dog sports and other fun activities and working with clients and their dogs for 20 years. 

On this blog we focus on teaching your “difficult” dog to do important behaviours needed for life such as:

  • the recall
  • reducing reactivity
  • teaching calm behaviour
  • camping and travelling with your reactive dog.

and dog sports like:

  • “obedience”
  • rally-o
  • sledding/carting