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How to Train Your Soft or Strong-Willed Retriever

Train your puppy based on individual personality.

How to Train Your Soft or Strong-Willed Retriever

Different dogs demand different approaches, but the end result can always be a great house and hunting dog. (Photo By: Daz Stock/Shutterstock.com)

We often refer to breeds in generalities. With retrievers, it’s common to hear people say that they are always one way, or never another. While some traits and hunting styles are certainly endemic to specific breeds, the reality is that every dog is an individual and needs to be trained as such.

This is true regardless of bloodlines, and often boils down to whether you’re dealing with what we’d call a soft dog, or dog that is strong-willed. For amateur handlers...

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