As you prepare for training it is important that you understand some basic training principles.
Whether you have a new puppy who is training for the first time, or you have an older dog that needs to unlearn some less-than-desirable habits, you will benefit from learning some basic training principles.
In this newsletter, you will learn some essentials that will help you prepare for training including basic training principles and helpful equipment.
There are different methods of dog training available today. Here is a brief summary of the most popular.
POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT DOG TRAINING
Positive dog training is any method that is used to reward positive behaviour in a positive manner. This does not include training used with dangerous choker collars, devices that give the dog an electrical shock, yelling, or hitting—these training methods are inhumane and should not be used on your dog!
Positive dog training is rewarding your dog with lots of love, treats, playtime, car rides, belly rubs, pets, massages, or anything that your dog finds exciting.
Your dog will learn quickly from positive dog training once he associates his good behaviour with rewards! This E-book is based on positive behaviour-based dog training.
Clicker training is also positive dog training and is a very effective training method. Interestingly, clicker training was originally used for dolphin training.
By using a small handheld clicker, you “click” whenever your dog does something you approve of, and then give him a treat immediately.
This training method is so effective because the sound is immediate—faster than your voice. This is a fun method for both you and your dog. For you, you will see positive results quicker. For your dog, he will associate the clicker sound with treats!
Clicker training is effective for the young puppy to the older dog. To apply clicker training to the teachings in this E-book, simply click before giving your dog the treat or other reward.
This is another positive technique that was originally used for horse training, but is becoming more popular with dog training.
This training enables you to use your knowledge of your dog’s body language and actions to better communicate with him in a way that makes sense to him.
LEAD AND COLLAR TRAINING
These are collars that correct a dog’s actions by tightening briefly and adding pressure when you tug on the lead. If you choose this type of dog training collar, the collar should only be used for training and never leave the dog unattended when he is wearing it as it could cause injury or even strangulation if it gets caught on something.
This type of training should only be used by someone who knows what they are doing and is sincere about the dog’s well-being.
Whistle training is a specialized form of training that is best implemented with the assistance of a professional trainer. It is mainly used for distance control when hunting or shooting.
In these situations, a dog is better able to hear the sound of a whistle, than the owner’s voice.