Published at Tuesday, 21 May 2019. Dog Training. By Denys Hebert.
Dogs are amazing creatures. They adapt to countless situations. They are phenomenal at associations: including learning the meaning or implication of many sounds, such as human language. A dog's ”vocabulary” can reach upward of 150 distinct words! However, regardless of how smart, how skilled, and how adaptable they are, dogs will never be verbal animals. Their first language, so to speak, is not words, but body language. Because of this, it's only natural that your dog will interpret your words though a ”filter” – of body language, facial expression, tone of voice, even your attention. And if one or more of these ”disagree” with the words you are using, most dogs will ”obey” your body language!
Communication Begins with Attention. Possibly the most fundamental form of communication is your attention. This is true whether you are teaching some new skill, practicing an old one, or refining an advanced behavior. When you give your attention to something your dog does – through touch, voice, eye contact, smiling, or laughter – you draw attention to the behavior. This tells your dog that you find the behavior worthy of interest. Dogs, being sociable creatures, find most interaction and attention reinforcing. They value it, and will work to get it – and this is not even considering whether or not the dog finds the behavior reinforcing in and of itself. So when training, keep in mind that you don't have to actively reward a behavior to reinforce it.
Video Training – Video dog training may be the best alternative to expensive private lessons. Video lessons are much more affordable than hiring a professional trainer, obtainable at a fifth, sixth, or even a tenth of the cost. If you register for an online video dog training course, you will have the accountability of having to complete benchmarks or modules on time. Videos will help demonstrate exactly what you need to do with your dog to train him/her effectively. Plus, you are doing the training by yourself. This helps you to build a bond with your dog and doesn't confuse your dog as to who is actually boss between you or a trainer you hire.
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