What Color is Your Dog? is a brand and training style that was created by Joel Silverman in 2009, and it is the name of two of his books. The reason Joel created this training style was that he has always believed the greatest part about training dogs was understanding they all had different personalities. Over the past 40 years, Joel has learned that successful dog trainers will get to know a dog, learn what type of personality the dog has, and train the dog based on that personality. To make it easy, your dog is one of five colors: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, or Blue.
Red Dogs have a lot of energy, and you might even describe these dogs as being “off the wall”. Red Dogs are on the far end of our color spectrum, so they are going to be more challenging to train. Here are some characteristics:
- Extremely reactive
- High prey drive
Orange Dogs have a lot of energy, but nearly the extreme of the Red Dog. Because they are not on the far end of our color spectrum, they are not going to be as challenging as a Red Dog. They will have many of the same characteristics of a Red Dog but not the intensity level:
- Higher prey drive
Yellow dogs are mellow and laid back. Some of these dogs are laid back because they were naturally Yellow when they were adopted, and some were Green or Orange, and over time, they became Yellow. Because these dogs sit in the middle of our color spectrum, and are not high strung and not timid or shy, they are the easiest to train.
Green Dogs are timid, shy, cautious, or apprehensive. When you go to an animal shelter to look for dogs, you will find a huge number of Green Dogs. Because they are not on the far end of the spectrum, they will not be as challenging as a Blue Dog. Here are some characteristics of Green Dogs:
- Ears back
- Tail tucked, but not tight
- Standing slouched
- Slight shaking
Blue Dogs are extremely timid, shy, cautious, or apprehensive. Thank goodness there is a very small percentage of Blue Dogs in animal shelters. The main reason a number of these dogs are Blue is because of either ppor care or training. Because they sit on the far end of the spectrum, they will be more challenging to train than Green Dogs. Here are some characteristics of Blue Dogs:
- Very cautious
- Very apprehensive
- Ears very far back
- Tail tucked very tight
- Standing very slouched
- A lot of shaking
Warmer-colored dogs like the Reds and Oranges need control, and cooler-colored dogs like the Blues and Greens need motivation. To train your dog using “personality-based” dog training, and using Joel’s What Color is Your Dog? method, a great book would be his latest MORE WHAT COLOR IS YOUR DOG? book released in 2016.