Dog Training Methods

These days, dog training methods are all the talk among dog owners and breeders. One dog training method has been pitted against another and more than one debate has ensued as a result.

Whether or not you subscribe to a particular method or simply your own style, it helps to know about the diverse method dog training. You can even consider using what works in one method and apply it to your own style of training. It’s up to you. Whatever you choose, just remember that dog training methods must, aside from being able to do the job, be fair and humane.

But what does “fair and humane” mean? Indeed, those are supercharged words. Almost everyone has an opinion about what those two words could mean. You, yourself, might have your own definition of a “fair and humane” dog training method. If you are not entirely sure, you can ask someone.

Don’t know whom to ask? Don’t worry. You have lots of people in your life you can ask. You can ask your vet, your parents, friends, friend of a friend, groomer, etc. And if that is not enough, you can log on to cyberspace and visit newsgroups or mailing lists and ask them about what dog training methods they are using on their pets.

Take the advice that seems sound to you and throw out the rest. However, do so only after some consideration.

Using Treats

Out of the hundreds of famous dog training methods available, more than half of them make use of treats at some point. The use of treats is the best expression of positive reinforcement aspect of dog training methods. It is especially helpful in dog obedience training methods.

In positive reinforcement, when a dog does something good, the good deed is rewarded with a treat of special dog food or snacks. This actually helps instill in the dog a sense that as long as he does something that is pleasing to his master’s eyes, he will get rewarded.

It thus encourages good behavior in the dog without you having to lift a single hand in punishment or raising your voice.

Using Praise

Another form of popular dog training methods is the use of praise. Again, this deals with the positive reinforcement aspect of training a dog. Praising a dog after doing a good job will help make him understand that he has done a good thing. It won’t take him long to understand that doing the same good thing again would earn another praise from you.

Most dog training methods use any combination of these positive reinforcement methods to get the dog to obey commands and behave. But sometimes, not all dogs respond well to positive reinforcement. Sometimes, resort may be had to negative reinforcement, otherwise, known as punishment.

Punishment

Don’t let the term fool you. We’re not suggesting that you beat your dog down with a 2x4 for disobeying a command. No, we’re talking about mild punishment, consisting of withholding treats, for instance, or saying a sharp “no.”

Many trainers would use tools and equipment such as special collars and leashes to train dogs. Many of these collars are especially designed for dog training. Some of them are uncomfortable to wear so that a slight tug would be enough to get your dog to sit still long enough to pay attention to you. These collars are not meant to hurt the dog but only to get him to stay still for the dog training to commence.

While positive reinforcement will always be viewed in positive light (no pun intended), not all dogs respond the same way to certain dog training methods that you use. Therefore, the most important thing to keep in mind is the character of the dog you are training. Assess the situation or problem carefully to come up with the right solution.

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