Published at Friday, 24 May 2019. Dog Training. By Leveret Couturier.
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!
Communicate composure. Be still. Whether you are working on a stationary exercise (such as a sit-stay), or a moving exercise (such as heeling, or a recall), focus on keeping your body language ”quiet”. Don't bury your cue in a gush of confusing, meaningless gestures or activity. Allow your dog to focus on your words and any intended hand or body signals; don't put him in a position to have to sort the wheat from the chaff, so to speak. Once your dog is more advanced in his training, you may wish to teach him to respond to verbal cues despite unrelated body language. But for now – first things first. Walk before you run!
Canine Good Citizen Training – The Canine Good Citizen training for dogs is the final course. In order to pass this course, your dog will be taught the 10 essential aspects. This course has strict entry criteria and is meant for those dogs and owners that have completed all the previous courses. The tests for this course are tough and your dog will only be passed if he is very well behaved. The length of this particular course depends on how quickly it takes your dog to be ready and passes the required tests. Bearing this information in mind should enable you to make an informed decision about what training course will be best for you and your dog. It may be worth your while to seek the opinion of a local professional trainer who may be able to help you with your decision. Most quality dog trainers will give you and your dog a first consultation for free.
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