Dog Training Foreword
A dog training page developed to share basic ideas for training dogs in various sporting & working activities, sport of Schutzhund (IPO) and for living with the high drive working dog.
A solid working foundation will be the result of balanced and fair training methods that include well defined rules and clear feedback. Below are some simple ideas listed to help visitors understand some basic training concepts. Recommended dog training books (references) as well as dog training videos are available through out the site.
this is not a step by step, online dog training course, the following
principals will be of great value when following any dog training course.
Dog training requires the same Basic Principals humans use to achieve
skilled abilities (see chart below). They are as follows: (1) Motivate to perform the task, (2) clearly define the task, (3) give feed back and (4) train repeatedly.
Dog Training Chart
Motivate to perform the task
The opportunity to perform a task is a form of motivation!
Reward based training
*The genetic working dog often shows self-motivation when given an opportunity to learn or perform a task. Rewards (toys/food) further enhance the dogs desire to perform.
To vague of instruction for the dog is the underlying issue of most training problems
- Keep things simple
- Working dogs thrive on challenges, they are often more motivated to
learn and perform when tasks are broken down into easy steps.
Through specifically designed
training challenges that do not require physical force or compulsion,
the dog will usually require more time and practice to learn commanded
tasks. However, this same dog will most likely require less maintenance training in the future and develop greater reliability for working tasks!
Give feed back
A dog's behavior is consistent when his trainer's behavior is consistent
Define rules by using consistent verbal praise, cues and rewards
- Use verbal praise, such as; "good dog" to help the dog know he is showing the correct behavior and is on course to correctly completing the job
Cues, such as a clicker device or verbal "Yes", before rewarding the dog
helps him understand exactly which behaviors are correct.
Things to ask yourself
- Am I using the right motivation for this dog?
- Am I clearly defining the task?
- Am I giving the dog consistent feed back?
|Train repeatedly & in a variety of situations
A training program using Positive Reinforcement will help the dog become proficient at performing tasks.
When the dog shows training problems we should ask ourselves where we have gone wrong and not simply blame it on the dog!
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