Training Bracco Italiano – A Step-by-Step Guide to Success


The Bracco Italiano is a hunting breed that originated in Italy. In 1956, FCI fully accepted this breed. Bracco Italiano is very famous in Italy, USA and gaining popularity in rest of the countries.

The Bracco Italiano is a versatile gun dog that is used for bird hunting, pointing, and retrieving. This breed is also known for its great nose, intelligence, and determination. They are excellent at tracking, pointing, and retrieving small game such as pheasants, partridge, and quail. This breed is beloved by hunters for its dedication and enthusiasm for their job.

Today, the Bracco Italiano is primarily a family companion and show dog, although it is still used for hunting purposes. The breed has become quite popular in recent years and can be seen in many countries around the world.

When to Train Bracco Italiano?

Bracco Italiano need to be trained when they are little puppies. The best time to start training them is when they are eight weeks old. Before that, they are too young to understand what we want them to do.

But just because they’re eight weeks old, it doesn’t mean they will learn everything right away. You have to be patient with them and keep practicing.

The best place to train your Bracco Italiano is at your own home. They feel happy and safe when they are with their family. But when they get older, you can send them to special classes to learn more.

Are Bracco Italianos Easy to Train?

According to the experts, Bracco Italiano is easy to house train. But, we need to be nice to them because they are sensitive and don’t like it when we are too mean. They are really fast learners and can easily change to new situations. That’s why they are great for hunting!

How to train a Bracco Italiano Puppy?

  1. Don’t ever shout or punish your puppy if they don’t listen. Positive reinforcement is the best way to train them.
  2. If you want to give your puppy a pat on the back, it’s better to do it under their chin or on their chest, because they like it more.
  3. It’s better to train your puppy for short periods of time throughout the day, instead of one long session. 5-minute sessions, 3-5 times a day, are recommended to keep their attention.
  4. If your puppy does what you ask them to, give them a treat as a reward.
  5. Don’t let your puppy do things when they’re young that you don’t want them to do when they’re older. Otherwise, it will be hard to change their behavior later on.
  6. You should start training your Bracco Italiano puppy at 8 weeks old, and they are usually best at learning between 8-12 weeks.
  7. Your tone of voice is really important when training your puppy. Use a happy tone when giving praise, and a firm tone (but not screaming) when saying “No.”

How to Potty Train a Bracco Italiano puppy?

  1. Keep a close eye on your Bracco Italiano puppy to housetrain them properly.
  2. If you see your puppy sniffing, circling or starting to squat, take them outside to where you want them to go.
  3. If your puppy goes in the right spot, praise them a lot.
  4. Use a hint like “hurry” so your puppy knows what to do when you take them out to go potty.
  5. When your puppy goes potty, repeat the cue and give them lots of praise.
  6. It’s better to take your puppy outside and nothing happens, than to risk them having an accident.
  7. Regularly feed, water, and walk your Bracco Italiano to make house-breaking easier.
  8. Create a routine for your puppy to help them adjust their bodily needs.
  9. Take the puppy out at the same time every day.
  10. In the morning, take the puppy out of the crate and bring them to the desired spot to go potty.
  11. Give the hint, and praise when they complete the task.
  12. Take your Bracco Italiano puppy out at least every 2 hours, after meals, drinking, and playing.
  13. Before long, your puppy will learn to tell you when it’s time to go out and do their business.

How to Train a Bracco Italiano Not to Bite and be Gentle?

  1. Letting your dog mouth on your hands while playing is okay, but stop playing if he bites too hard.
  2. When your dog bites too hard, make a loud, high-pitched yelp and let your hand go limp.
  3. Praise your dog when he stops biting or starts licking you.
  4. If your dog bites hard again, yelp again and repeat the steps up to three times within 10-12 minutes.
  5. If yelping doesn’t work, switch to a time-out procedure.
  6. When your dog bites hard, yelp and remove your hand for 10 to 20 seconds.
  7. Ignore your dog or move away for 10 to 20 seconds, and then encourage him to play gently.
  8. When your dog stops delivering hard bites, make him be even gentler.
  9. Keep yelping and giving time-outs until your dog can play with your hands very gently.

Final Thoughts

To train a Bracco, you should be patient and gentle but firm. They might be a little independent, but they really want to make you happy. It’s best if you give them something to do, like hunting or dog sports like agility or obedience training. These activities will keep them physically and mentally active.

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Kane Dan

I’m a pet lover having years of pet care and grooming experience. I am sharing my experience and tips with all the pet owners so they can also keep their pup healthy, happy, and clean!