Published at Monday, May 20th 2019. by Nicolette Blandin in Dog Training.
Although some owners don't like reward training because they think dogs trained this way follow their commands simply because they want a treat and not out of a sense of obedience or respect, there's no question that reward training is effective. And, even if you accept the premise that dogs learn from reward training strictly because they're being ”bribed,” isn't that better than obeying out of a fear of punishment? Not only that, but treats aren't the only type of reward that can be used as positive reinforcement. Praising your dog with an excited, happy tone of voice, giving him toys, and giving him lots of physical affection can all be just as motivating as giving him treats or food.
Leash Training: If your dog is pulling your arm out of its socket every time you take him walkies, its time for proper leash training. You need to assume control of your dog when he is on the leash. Never allow your dog to get over excited when he sees the leash or becomes aware that you are going to take him for a walk. If necessary make your dog sit and stay whilst you go and open the door. Then come back, put on his leash, only if he has behaved and listened to your commands. Repetition is key here, if you want to be rid of his over zealous behavior. Also, as long as your dog is in this hyped up state he will not listen to any commands you may give him. Whilst walking your dog, you should always be in control. The dog should not be leading you around. By all means let the dog sniff about and so forth, but not throughout the whole walk. Also, if he does not refrain from pulling, then make him sit and stay next to your side until he understands that you are the Alpha Dog and are therefore in charge. The dog will soon come to understand that his walk will be stopped each time he pulls.
Advanced Dog Training – The next type of course is known as the advanced dog training course. Again this course will be using elements of the previous course to build upon what the dog owner and dog have learned up to that time. This level of training will be much more detailed. Typically your dog will be taught how to sit without you in his field of vision. This course can last up to 10 weeks and should only be attempted by those owners and dogs that have completed their intermediate training. On this course you can expect your dog to be trained to walk beside their owners off the leash. This training course prepares the dog and his owner to take the Canine Good Citizen training course.
Core Dog Training Advice – There are many areas in which one could train your dog. Some of these areas are purely for recreational activities. For instance, you may want your dog to do tricks like rollover or give paw, etc. These are just for bragging rights really, see how clever my dog is. However, there is a more serious side to training. Here you would need some more advanced dog training tools or advice. This type of training involves, maintaining control of your dog when out in public or in your own home when strange people are visiting, for instance. Heaven knows what a badly behaved dog can get up to if not kept in check. Bad dog behavior can cost their owners dearly, so it is advisable to focus on these aspects of dog training. Here are a few of the basics with regards to dog training. As we all know this is quite a vast topic, so we will cover some more well known dog behavior problems. There are plenty of, paid for,and worth every cent, professional instructional guides out there. Lets take a look at some of these bad dog behavior issues which require training of your dog, now.
Because reward training is so effective, it's currently one of the most popular dog training techniques. At its heart, reward training works because you reward your dog with a treat or tidbit of food whenever he does what you ask. Most owners accompany the food reward with verbal praise. The food and praise are positive reinforcement which helps your dog learn to associate the action he performed with good things (food and praise) and encourages him to repeat that behavior again.
Take housetraining, for example. The two methods approach the task in significantly different ways. There are a multitude of places a dog could relieve himself inside the house, and they're all unacceptable. If you used aversive training techniques, you'd need to wait for your dog to eliminate somewhere in the house and then correct him when he does. Think about this for a minute. Isn't it unfair to punish your dog before he's had a chance to learn your rules? And, you need to realize that using this method for housetraining can require numerous corrections and a lot of time. Isn't it quicker, easier and more effective to simply show your dog the right place to relieve himself and then reward him when he uses it?
It isn't a stretch to say that as long as there have been human culture and civilization, dogs have been part of it. When society was agricultural, dogs were important in protecting livestock and herding sheep and cows. But as people began to realize how easy it was to train dogs, they began to be used in other agricultural chores as well as in military and police functions. Then dogs were bred and trained for the very purpose of serving people's working need: Hunting, herding, protection and pulling.
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