Dog training is generally the application of behaviour analysis that makes use of the dog’s various antecedent and subsequent environments to alter the dog’s behaviour, either to help in certain behaviours or undertake certain tasks, or even for it to behave effectively within modern domestic living. In addition, dog training can be undertaken for different personal reasons: to teach a young dog the right behaviour in certain situations, to correct aggression, to prevent nuisance, to build a trusting relationship between dog and owner, to improve obedience, or even for fun and recreational activities. It is important to remember that dog training does not have to be an arduous task. With the proper tools, a little patience and commitment, any dog owner can successfully teach his or her dog new behaviours or old behaviours, depending on the desired outcomes. Below are just some of the ways to help you get started with your dog training:
To start with, any effective dog training will begin with owner instruction. This is done in a number of ways, but the most common way is through teaching the dog what is to be expected of him or her and then rewarding that behaviour accordingly. This means that the dog is praised or rewarded in a positive manner when he performs a command correctly. For example, if the dog begins to bark continuously, the owner will simply stop the dog and give it praise or a treat. The owner instruction then continues to reinforce the behaviour in the future when it is needed.
The second method of dog training involves working with the dog directly using the command word or phrase. This is often more effective for those who don’t wish to provide their dog with verbal praise or rewards. The owner can simply direct the dog towards the object or location, he needs to go to and reward it with a treat or a verbal correction, as appropriate. A good obedience trainer will also know when the pet dog needs to be corrected and is capable of quickly spotting when a dog needs obedience training or further correction.
An alternative to the previously described dog training method is through motivation. In this approach, the owner uses some kind of reward, which is given immediately after the dog performs a correct behavior. These are usually simple food treats or dog toys that are handed to the dog immediately after it exhibits a desirable behavior. It is not uncommon to see this approach used for training dogs to prevent them from exhibiting bad behavior such as barking excessively. Although rewarding a dog with food treats and/or toys can be an effective motivator, they may not be the most appropriate motivators for many dogs and it is important to understand which motivators are most appropriate for your particular pet. Here are some examples of other motivators used in motivational training:
– Treats. When performing dog obedience training, it is common to use treats, small toys, and sometimes treats handed from one hand to the other. These treats are used to reward the dog for performing a command correctly. They can also be used to make the dog aware that it did something right or that it received praise for its behavior.
– Operant conditioning. Operant conditioning is based on the idea that dogs learn by being exposed to certain behaviors over again. A dog training technique that involves exposure to certain behaviors over again is known as operant conditioning. Operant conditioning was developed by American psychiatrist and animal behaviorist George C. Marshall. Operant conditioning was later adopted by American dog trainers and pet dog trainers.
– Positive reinforcements. Positive reinforcements are often used during dog training in conjunction with operant conditioning. A reward or monetary reward is given to a dog after it performs a desirable behavior. Positive reinforcements such as food are often used to motivate dogs. This is often combined with obedience training so that the dog will learn not to bark while on a walk or to remain inside the house when no one is home. In addition, owners who are not trained in dog training will sometimes use positive reinforcement to teach their pets.
– New site training. New skete or collar training is an important part of dog training. This involves having the dog wear a collar around its neck and then having the dog learns to control its bowel movements by means of the collar. The process is not only an effective way to control waste elimination, but it also teaches the dog to be obedient to its owner.