How to Train Your Dalmatian: The 7 Best Methods and Tips

Written by Kirstin Harrington
Published: February 21, 2024
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Dalmatians are such a wonderful dog breed that multiple movies have been made about these spotted canines. They have plenty of energy and are shockingly smart. Whether you’re doing your research before adopting a Dalmatian puppy or you already have one as part of your family, training is essential. 

We’ve scoured the web to find the best methods, tips, and tricks to make training a Dalmatian as seamless as possible. 

Are Dalmatians Easy to Train?

dalmatian puppies

Dalmatians can weigh up to 30 pounds at three months of age.


Not all dog breeds are created equally. Some are incredibly hard to train and need a specific type of person or even a professional to get them to learn commands. Others, like Dalmatians, learn much quicker.

Although this dog breed is strong-willed, reward-based training will help them learn about anything. Dalmatians love to learn new things and, if properly trained, will be a delightful addition to your household. 

Now let’s get into the training tips and tricks! 

1. Give Them Plenty of Space

Dalmation (Canis familiaris) - Dalmatian on a walk

Dalmatians can run up to 37 miles per hour.

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If there is one physical activity that Dalmatians love to do, it’s running. Make sure that they have plenty of space to run off all of their energy. Whether this is a fenced-in backyard or they join you for an afternoon jog, allowing them to get some running time every day will make for a happy and healthy Dalmatian. 

Some pet owners will even buy canine treadmills to allow them to get in their exercise all year round. 

2. Don’t Forget About Mental Exercise

Adorable Dalmatian dog playing with toy indoors. Lovely pet

Dalmatians love all sorts of dog toys, so always have several available.

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When it comes to training a Dalmatian, their mind needs to be as powerful as their physical body. You can help train them mentally by keeping them stimulated. This is especially helpful when you’re not home and they’re left alone. 

Training for this can look different, depending on your dog’s preference. For some, this may look like crate training. For others, it’s getting plenty of stimulating toys to keep your pup entertained and well-behaved while you’re away. 

3. Treats Go a Long Way

Owner with dog on field

A positive tone of voice can make all the difference when training a Dalmatian.

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When you’re training your dog, reinforcing good behavior is key. One way you can do this is by rewarding your dog with a treat anytime they listen to a command. It’s ideal to use treats as a reward at the beginning of the training process to help them easily learn commands. 

Replace the treats with verbal praises as they start to get things down. 

4. Never Yell 

Dalmation by a chair

Yelling at your dog can make them fear you.

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It can take a lot of patience to train a Dalmatian. Although they are intelligent and learn rather quickly, commands are an entirely different language for them. Think about how hard it would be for you to learn a new language. 

We mention this because you should never take out any frustration or anger on your pet. It’s a good idea to use a firm, calm tone of voice when you need to correct them. Yelling or even getting physically violent with your dog will not help them learn commands faster. 

In fact, it will make them afraid of you and can make the training process even longer.

5. Keep Commands Short

Portrait of cute Dalmatian dog.

This dog breed learns quickly due to their high intelligence.


Because this is essentially a new language for your furry friend, keeping commands as short as possible is ideal. For example, if you don’t want your Dalmatian to sit on furniture, you can say “Down.” 

Some of the most common commands, such as “Sit,” “Stay,” and “Come,” are short and to the point. Many professional dog trainers will pair a specific hand gesture to each command. This can help the dog listen without you having to say a word! 

6. Socialization Is Essential

Group of dog walkers working together

Dalmatians can be aggressive if not socialized early on in life.

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One of the key parts of training a Dalmatian is to socialize them properly. Imagine you’re walking your Dalmatian, who has never been trained, and suddenly, you cross paths with another dog. Not only can this frighten the Dalmatian, but they may start uncontrollably barking or even lunge at the other dog. 

Start by socializing with them as soon as possible. Take them to the dog park or even obedience classes so that they can be around other dogs. 

7. Toilet Training a Dalmatian

handsome dalmatian swims in a pond and looks at the camera

It can take between two to three weeks to potty train a Dalmatian.

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Many pet owners get frustrated when their dog has an accident indoors. Although their reaction is natural, potty training your Dalmatian as soon as possible can help them learn where they are and are not allowed to go. 

Anytime you bring your pet outside so that he can relieve himself, immediately give him positive praise after he’s done his business. If you’re starting out, always keep your Dalmatian on a leash indoors and with you. 

If you notice any behavior showing signs that your dog needs to use the facilities, bring him outdoors and praise him once he’s finished. 

Final Thoughts

We hope you enjoy and use our tips, tricks, and training methods for your Dalmatian. This intelligent breed can be such a joy to have as part of your family. Remember to be patient, use positive reinforcement, and utilize various methods to help your dog learn.

The photo featured at the top of this post is © Air Images/

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About the Author

Kirstin is a writer at A-Z Animals primarily covering animals, news topics, fun places, and helpful tips. Kirstin has been writing on a variety of topics for over five years. She has her real estate license, along with an associates degree in another field. A resident of Minnesota, Kirstin treats her two cats (Spook and Finlay) like the children they are. She never misses an opportunity to explore a thrift store with a coffee in hand, especially if it’s a cold autumn day!

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