Published at Monday, 20 May 2019. Dog Training. By Jacqueline Marc.
Books and Training Guides – There are many hundreds of dog training books, audio courses, magazines, and websites available to you. Obviously, buying a $15 dog training book is much more cost-efficient than paying perhaps a couple hundred dollars to attend training lessons. However, training your dog with a book is difficult because you have no one to help you understand poorly-explained principles. You also have no one to demonstrate actions and movements to you. Since dog training involves many time-sensitive movements and actions, as well as slight movements and positions that can easily be improperly implemented, it is imperative in your dog training that you can see those actions demonstrated for you. Additionally, training your dog using a book or written guide provides very little accountability and motivation for most dog trainers. Much more often than not, dog owners quit regular training sessions with their dog before they complete the book or guide.
Crate Training: This type of dog training tool should not be abused, for example when you want time out from your pet dog. Crate training should be used to properly house train your dog. You may also want to familiarize your dog with the crate for those times when he will be travelling with you on a airplane for instance. The idea is to confine the dog to the crate for a short period of time, lets say 1 hour. Upon release from the crate you should take the dog outside to allow him to do his business. If the dog does his business then a reward in the form of a healthy dog treat or lavishing them with affection is in order. Once again, we see here good behavior associated with reward. Quick pointers here, always be at home when using the crate, do not lock the dog in the crate overnight, make sure the dog is comfortable in the crate. Never allow the crate to be seen as a form of punishment for your dog. Dogs react instinctively and as such, should not be shouted at or beaten for doing what comes naturally. Always bear this in mind when your dog has done something which we humans just do not understand. There is usually some good dog reason for doing whatever he has done.
STAY is another command that every dog should know. Building on SIT, stand beside your dog with the leash taunt, held straight above his head. Incorporate hand signals and place your open palm in front of dog's nose. Say STAY and move in front of your dog to block his forward movement. If he moves, repeat hand signal and STAY command. If he stays, move back next to him, make him hold his STAY for a few seconds, praise and treat. As with each dog training technique, continue to slowly increase increments of distance and hold time with each training lesson. An additional element when training your dog to STAY is the three D's. Duration, Distraction, and Distance. As I just mentioned, it is important to slowly increase the increments of Duration and Distance but Distraction must be introduced to test your dogs understanding of this command. Be sure to add distraction while training your dog before the distance gets too long. Common distractions would be someone entering the training area with a toy, another dog walking by, etc.
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