The level of training is your choice, most people train just what is needed to exist peacefully with their dogs. But keep in mind; certain breeds require more formal training for you to have control of them in your home. Guard breeds or large breeds need more leadership for the first year to 2 years.
I have used a dog pack psychology with my dogs. I have my adult Germans raised as a pack. I am the leader through subtle leadership methods ingrained in each dog when they were pups joining my pack. By using a loving leadership method early in your pups life you can avoid the need for most corrective training in their adulthood.
Each dog is as unique as each individual person. I would keep you reading all day if I went into great detail on my training methods, so I will share the basics. What might be a good method for one dog could be too much or too little for another dog. First thing: I acknowledge the difference between pack behaviors and trained behaviors. While a pack behavior must be corrected every time it occurs, trained behavior needs patient repetitious training and reward until it occurs consistently. With some breeds pack structure needs understood and followed. Yet there are breeds where understanding pack is not as important.
All dogs can be placed into one of three nature categories in order to decide the level of the training collar, correction level, and training sessions.
1.Soft Dogs: They are easily trained dogs usually submissive and gentle. Often training is done through subtle life experience.
2.Moderate Dogs: They are dogs that need consistent leadership to accomplish training. In general they look to please and serve but have ideas of their own to investigate.
3.Hard Dogs: They are dogs who would be pack leaders, decision makers. They require a firm, consistent, fair pack leader.
This applies to all breeds of dogs. Approximately 15-20% are soft dogs, 75% are moderate dogs, and 5-10% are hard dogs. Regardless of the breed, the ratio of these three categories will only vary greatly if the breeding program is purposefully breeding hard to hard to get more hard dogs or soft to soft to get more soft dogs, etc..
Your choice of a puppy should be more then the one who picks you
Puppy aptitude test for better puppy placement:
We aptitude test every Aussie and German litter to help us place each pup accordingly.
Example of the tests:
1. Social attraction: degree of social attraction to people, confidence or independence.
2. Following: willingness to follow a person
3. Restraint: degree of dominant or submissive tendency, and ease of handling in difficult situations
4. Social Dominance: degree of acceptance of social dominance by a person
5. Elevation: degree of accepting dominance when in a position of no control
6. Retrieving: degree of willingness to do something for you. Together with social attraction and following is a key indicator for ease or difficulty of training.
7. Touch sensitivity: degree of sensitivity to touch and a key indicator to the type of training equipment required
8. Sound Sensitivity: the degree of sensitivity to sound such as loud noises; ie children!!
9. Sight sensitivity: degree of response to a moving object, such as chasing squirrels, kids, bikes, etc...
10. Stability: degree of startle response to a strange object
***This is from the Volhard Puppy Aptitude Test***