Ceallach Irish Terriers
* Training an Irish Terrier *
We trained our first Irish Terrier, Aodhan, to his AKC Companion Dog Obedience Title.
Many breeders will tell you that Irish Terriers are hard to train, this is simply not true. Irish
Terriers are trainable and in most cases you just have to be smarter than the dog! In my
1. The only good Irish Terrier is a tired Irish Terrier. An Irish Terrier needs
exercise, if they are not properly exercised they tend to have too much energy and cannot
focus on the task at hand. Additionally if you do not give your Irish an outlet to expend
their energy they will always find a way to do it, and it may not be what you had in mind,
for example destroying your favorite chair or digging a hole in your garden.
2. An Irish Terrier must never win. If you give an Irish Terrier an inch they will take a
mile. Consistency is key. You must consistently positively reinforce good behavior and
also negatively reinforce unwanted behavior. The Irish Terrier must know there are
consequences for their actions.
3. Nothing in Life is Free. I make my dogs work for everything. If they want to go
outside for a walk, they must sit and wait to have their collar and leash put on. If they
want to eat they must go to their crates and wait to be fed. In other words, they have to
do what I want first, then they can have what they want.
Many people have asked me what is the best method to train my dog. I believe in a
balanced approach to training. I use both positive and negative reinforcement. I
recommend puppy owners find a balanced obedience trainer in their area. Here in
Maryland the best is Morris Lindesey and the crew at iCareK9 in Gaithersburg, MD.
These are some links to different kinds of training methods: