Choosing a Suitable Dog Training School
Dog training is a branch of psychology that studies how dogs choose to behave. It is considered one of the most difficult aspects of dog ownership as a result of its inherent complexity and lengthy history. The methods used to train dogs have been around since ancient times but their effectiveness has been debated over for many years. Dog training is simply the application of behaviour analysis that makes use of the context of antecedent outcomes and context-free examples to alter the dog’s behaviour, either to help in specific tasks or undertake specific activities.
The most common results obtained from dog training are behavior correction by means of reward based obedience training. Obedience training is useful in teaching a dog how to be obedient, including housebreaking and simple commands such as sit and stay. However, this type of training is only relevant if your dog is properly trained and is unlikely to develop any bad habits. For a properly trained pet dog, you should focus on training methods that can be followed through to adulthood such as, hunting and agility training, therapy or medicine or even personal protection. The goal of obedience training is not just to teach the dog how to be obedient but also to teach the owner how to control the dog using positive reinforcement (i.e. treats).
One alternative to traditional dog training is rewarding good behavior and ignoring inappropriate behavior. While it isn’t a substitute for punishment, it does have some advantages. For example, it provides a constant motivation for good behavior while providing no negative motivation for bad behavior. Therefore, it works well as a preventive approach where the dog is already reinforced for good behavior.
Another popular approach in dog training today is mixed method that combines the use of positive reinforcement and punishment. Mixed method is usually implemented when dogs aren’t completely trained at a young age (such as puppies) when behavior is still very developing. In this case, dogs are taught to be cooperative (but not necessarily to do what their masters want) by offering a food reward for tasks such as sitting down and keeping quiet. This approach is usually used in puppy rearing but the training can continue and be further improved with subsequent re-training. It can also be used successfully with older dogs.
Positive reinforcement dog training teaching methods can also be mixed with obedience training teaching methods. If you are raising adult dogs, then positive reinforcement is often combined with obedience training teaching the dog to stay, lie down, walk on a heel and some other simple task. The advantage of a mixed approach is that it can be applied to a wide variety of situations and dogs and is relatively easy to extend to new situations. Mixed approach in dog training thus covers a broad range of learning experiences and needs.
Every dog training session has to address different situations and animals. Specialized training for some dogs is necessary to handle all situations. Every dog trainer should be trained accordingly. Therefore it is important to understand the needs of the specialized dog training to best serve the needs of the dog owner and to avoid repetition of mistakes.
A good dog training school is one where an experienced trainer/coach can instruct on a one on one basis with a certified trainer or expert dog trainer who is familiar with the subject matter under study. The operant or punishment used should be specific to the kind of misbehavior that needs to be corrected. Some people use physical violence with their dogs, while others use verbal or non-verbal punishments. A good school offers both kinds of corrections. Otherwise there will be repetitiveness and the dog will just learn the unpleasant operate without being properly corrected for the inappropriate behavior.
Every dog training school should offer qualified and experienced instructors who know their subject matter inside out. Instructors have to go through rigorous training before they are certified. They must possess sound knowledge about how to deal effectively with different kinds of behavior in different situations. Instructors should have a thorough understanding of operant training methods as well as what makes some behavior desirable and unacceptable. They should also have a thorough understanding of the theories on dog psychology and what motivates dogs to behave in certain ways.