Dog training is basically the application of behaviour analysis that employs the historical antecedents and present consequences of past behaviour to alter the dog’s behaviour, either to help it undertake certain tasks successfully, or to help it to more effectively perform modern domestic duties. Dogs are social animals that live by humans as companions and play an active part in many aspects of life including hunting and protection. As a result of this, they need to be trained not only to perform simple tasks efficiently, but also to show their abilities when required. This requires not only a commitment from the trainer but also regular practice by the dog. Training a dog is a process that not only helps develop a dog’s potential as a useful member of society but also allows its owner to better understand the animal and gain greater control over it.
There are two main categories under which dog training can be separated, those that utilise positive methods, using reward based methods such as praise, treats and physical affection; and those that use negative methods such as yelling, forcing food or other items, intimidating the dog, beating it or even poisoning it. Within each major category there are sub-types that fall under the larger umbrella term of ‘avioural training’. For example, in a positive training programme the dogs would be encouraged and rewarded for good behavior through praise, rewards and petting. In a no-reward type programme the dog would be discouraged from unwanted behaviour, but would be rewarded if it did something that was desirable.
Both positive and no-reward types of dog training are useful if a trainer wants to teach the dog new tricks or skills. Some people feel that positive reinforcement encourages a willingness to learn, while others believe that it teaches the dog too much too fast and encourages certain traits and behaviours that may be harmful. When you teach a dog a new skill or tricks, it is important for you and the dog trainer to establish what is acceptable and what is not. The techniques you use to teach the dog should be tailored to suit its temperament, intelligence, personality and age.
A good dog trainer should be able to teach a dog how to walk on a leash, sit, lie down, take or return objects, talk, play games such as fetch and hide and seek. You should also teach the dog basic commands such as stay, come, heel, sit and come. It is important for the trainer to teach the dog the basics of obedience so that it can understand and obey the commands it is being taught. In dog training you should also teach the pet dog how to behave around different kinds of people, such as other dogs, children and other pets. For this you will need to work with your dog master, fellow trainer or a pet owner.
Dog owners who want to teach their dog some commands may choose to make the training more fun by using treats. In dog training using treats to teach your dog new tricks is not recommended as it encourages inappropriate behavior in the dog. Also if you make the treats too difficult for the dog to eat they will only keep hiding them. Owners should try to find the right balance between treats that the dog likes and does not like.
Another dog training aid that you can use to teach your dog some commands is a no-pull harness. This is a useful device that allows you to control the pull your dog makes on you when you are walking along. The no-pull harness is attached to the leash usually through the chest wall buckle. If you want to teach the dog sit and stay you should attach the no-pull harness to the leash through the collar. When you are walking, the dog pulls on the leash at the same time you pull on the harness to show your dog that he is doing something he does not want to do.
Most pet dog trainers think that physical punishment is an appropriate way to train the dogs. This is not always the best method because you should consider other aspects such as how your dog may look when he gets spanked. The physical punishment should not last very long. You should aim to stop spanking the dog as soon as possible. Some dogs are just so adorable when you spank them that they will continue to bark until you have stopped hitting them.
There are many types of dog training devices that you can use. The type of dog training aid you should choose will depend on how you want to teach your dog. You should think carefully about the advantages and disadvantages of each training aid before deciding which model to purchase. To choose the best model-rival training system, you should check out the product details to see whether it offers you with both the options you need or not. Some devices may only help you train the basic skills while others will help you master more advanced techniques. Some may be battery operated while others require an electrical outlet.