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05 Are they easy to train?




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This article is from the Afghan Hound Breed FAQ, by Janis Nixon with numerous contributions by others.

05 Are they easy to train?

No they are not. The Afghan is a free thinker. This was a necessity in
a dog bred to course big cats. Afghans can outrun just about anything
on rocky and uneven ground, and were often left to themselves in the
"catch." While an Afghan is very intelligent and cunning, he will use
this to his own advantage. The trick is to make your Afghan think that
whatever you wish him to do is really his own idea, and then to praise
him for being so smart. Afghans do not take to harsh training methods
and if treated roughly, will often simply refuse to EVER do that
exercise again. The Afghan can be selectively deaf when asked to do
something that he deems to be beneath him. They can also be
breath-takingly creative when doing obedience, much to the chagrin of
competitive owners.


 

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