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How to Train a Shar Pei: 15 Expert Tips & Tricks

Hanh Duong

By Hanh Duong

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Shar Peis are wise, loyal, and will always have your back. But you have to train them right to ensure they become the best companions they can be. Early socialization and training are vital to channeling their instincts, which were honed over centuries of standing guard. But don’t worry if your new furry friend is a little stubborn; you’ll be able to work with them and get them trained in no time.

We’ve got 15 expert tips and tricks to help you out, so let’s get started!

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The 15 Expert Tips & Tricks on How to Train a Shar Pei

1.  Lay a Solid Foundation First

Training your Shar Pei to come when called is an important task, but you need to create a strong bond with your pet before that. Spend some fun time with your dog, play games, and give them treats and compliments to make them feel special.

Building trust and a strong connection with your Shar Pei will make them more likely to listen to your commands.

2.  Use Positive Reinforcement Methods

As a loving dog owner, you always want to give your furry friend the best training possible. Most veterinarians agree that positive reinforcement training is the way to go. It’s simple yet incredibly effective and works by rewarding your pup for good behavior rather than punishing the bad. So, next time your dog obeys your command or demonstrates good behavior, don’t hesitate to reward them with a treat, a toy, or even a belly rub. Believe it or not, you’re not just making your dog happier. You’re also reinforcing the association between good behavior and good things.

However, you must be careful not to reward unwanted behavior by mistake. For instance, if your dog barks at you to play or jumps up to say hello, don’t give in to their demands. Instead, wait until they calm down before showering them with attention.

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3.  Get the Appropriate Reward

Training your dog can be awesome, but every dog is different and has their own way of responding to rewards. Some dogs are all about the food and will do anything for a treat, while others might be pickier about what they eat. For example, some canines might prefer soft, chewy treats over crunchy ones, or they might not be interested in food at all.

Don’t sweat it if that’s the case with your furry friend. There are other rewards you can try, like playing with their favorite toy or giving them lots of love and praise. Just remember that every dog is unique, so you might need to mix it up a bit to find what works best for your best companion.

4.  Practice Little and Often

Short training sessions throughout the day are more effective than long ones. You don’t want to bore your dog or frustrate them, so it’s best to keep the sessions under 5 minutes or so.

Here’s another thing: most dogs find it challenging to understand commands in different situations, which means that they might not respond to the same command outside of the familiar setting. That’s why it’s essential to repeat your training sessions in multiple locations, with different people, and varying levels of distraction. By doing so, your pup will learn to respond correctly to the same command all the time, no matter where they are.

5.  Start Training Your Dog in a Controlled Environment

Teaching your Shar Pei good things can save their life in emergencies. Start by training them in a calm, controlled environment, such as your home or a fenced yard. To help your furry friend focus on the new command, limit distractions in the early stages of training.

As your pup becomes more proficient, you can gradually introduce distractions and practice in a variety of settings like parks or busy streets.

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6.  Make It Enjoyable

Both you and your dog should enjoy training! Always remain positive, and experiment with variety to keep things enjoyable, such as adding brief breaks for play into your workouts in between repetitions. In addition to regular obedience training, you can think about teaching your dog tricks.

When we see a dog turn over rather than just sit, we naturally react more positively as humans. Our dogs take up this positivity and end up enjoying performing tricks for us.

7.  Discourage Jumping

Who doesn’t love a furry little pup springing up to greet you? But sometimes, even adult dogs can get carried away with their exuberance. If your dog jumps up to say hello, don’t scold them. Instead, simply turn away, ignore their antics, and wait until they calm down before rewarding them with love and attention.

Remember, never reward your dog for jumping up on you or anyone else; this will only encourage bad behavior.

8.  No Nipping and Biting

If your new furry buddy is always nipping or biting, don’t worry! You can try some easy tricks to get them to stop without getting upset. First, try yelling out loud whenever your pup nips on your hand or pant leg to pretend you’re in pain; most dogs will be so surprised that they’ll stop right away.

If that doesn’t work, try giving them a chew toy instead of your fleshy limbs—many dogs prefer these anyway! And if your little troublemaker still doesn’t quit, try ignoring them for a bit after they bite; this can work wonders in showing them that biting won’t get your attention.

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9.  Finish Each Training Session with Praise

Your furry friend has been putting in a lot of effort to make you proud during training sessions. Why not show them some love in return? Give them some cuddles, praise, a yummy treat, or a quick playtime when the lesson finishes.

Doing so will make them feel special and appreciated, and they’ll be even more eager to show off their new skills at their next training session with an adorable wagging tail!

10.  Ask for Assistance

Some dogs require additional training and can be challenging to handle on your own. Why not contact a professional trainer, your local pet community, or your trusted vet for some advice and guidance? They can give you the lowdown on all the best tips and tricks for dealing with any behavioral issues your dog might be facing.

Not only will seeking professional help benefit your furry friend, but it’ll also help you become a more confident and effective trainer.

11.  Begin Socializing Immediately

Introducing your furry little friend to new people, places, and other pets is an exciting way to help them get accustomed to various situations. While some vets advise not taking puppies out in public until they have received all of their vaccinations at 16 weeks, the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) suggests that socialization should begin even before they are fully vaccinated.

12.  Be Brief

Teaching your furry friend new tricks and behaviors can be a fun and exciting experience, but it’s important to remember that your pup’s language skills are limited when you first begin training. Starting with simple, one-word verbal commands like stay, sit, down, and paw is the best way to get your pup accustomed to following your lead. Avoiding complex sentences or multi-step instructions can help your dog focus on the task and avoid confusion.

So, whether you’re starting with a new puppy or working on training an older dog, remember to keep it simple and stick to the basics for the best results.

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13.  Pick Your Dog’s Name Carefully

Picking the perfect name for your new furry friend is one of the most exciting parts of getting a new pup. Did you know that specific words are better for training, though? Go for a short name that ends with a strong consonant, like “Jack,” “Jasper,” or “Ginger,” to get your puppy’s attention. They’ll perk up their ears, especially if you emphasize the end of the name.

If you’re adopting an older canine, they’re probably already used to their name. But don’t worry, it’s not impossible to change it up. A new name could even represent a fresh start, especially if your new pal is coming from a tough situation. Dogs are super adaptable, so just make sure to use their new name consistently, and soon enough, they’ll respond to it.

14.  Don’t Delay Starting Training

You must start training them as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to teach your dog anything, especially when they’re older. Puppies have such short attention spans, but they’re really good at picking up basic commands within their first few weeks of life.

However, it would help if you knew that certain types of training should be done at different ages. For example, most puppies don’t get complete control over their bladder until they’re around 12–16 weeks old. Therefore, potty training them before that might not go so well. Start teaching your pup early, but also be aware of their capabilities depending on their age.

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15.  Be Ready for Both Ups and Downs

When starting dog training, every dog owner must prepare themselves mentally. Brace yourself for the rollercoaster ride of ups and downs in the training cycle. Some days, it’ll feel like you and your furry friend are in perfect sync—nailing every command. On other days, you might find yourself struggling to get your pup, even to pay attention.

But don’t worry too much about a “bad” training session. Remember, training is not a sprint. It’s a marathon. So, keep your chin up and keep pushing forward. With time, patience, and consistency, your furry friend will master every command.



If you have a Shar Pei you know how stubborn and independent they can be at times, especially regarding recall. I’ve got you covered with some tips and tricks to make the process of teaching your furry pal easier. What you need is some patience, consistency, and positive reinforcement techniques to overcome their independent streak and build a strong recall behavior.

These 15 expert tips & tricks will make training your Shar Pei a fun and rewarding experience!


Featured Image Credit: Waldemar Dabrowski, Shutterstock

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