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A Dog Training Lesson
Are you looking for some dog training tips? Perhaps you have some dog problems that you just can’t figure out how to handle. Maybe you’re in the middle of training a puppy. Training dogs can be frustrating and a lot of hard work, but it is so worthwhile.
I’m by no means an expert in dog training. But through my many years on this earth I have always had dogs in my life. Most of them have been rescue dogs. I would suggest rescue dogs for anyone interested in getting a new dog. It’s a wonderful feeling and you will never regret it.
Now, on to the purpose of this article and this short dog training course. Over the years I’ve tried many different dog training techniques to deal with dog problems that I’ve encountered. Many times with rescue dogs, especially older rescue dogs, they might have some bad habits that their previous owner just didn’t want to deal with. Those are the dogs I love to take because they end up being so lovable and sweet once you deal with the dog problem.
One dog training technique that has been very successful for me has been something so simple and yet so effective.
What I do is take a small tin can and put a few pennies in it. Sometimes I will have a few cans around the house so they are handy when I need them.
When your dog exhibits a behavior that is not welcomed, just give the can a shake and at the same time say “No!” This catches the dog’s attention and startles them. They don’t like the sound of the pennies in the can, and after doing this a few times, you’ll see that the unwanted behavior stops. So what you are doing is conditioning the dog to know that when they do the unwanted behavior, they will hear this noise that they don’t like, and therefore after a few times they will stop the behavior. After a few times, you won’t even have to use the can but only say “No!” and they will stop the unwanted behavior.
This is why I have a few cans around the house because you want them handy so you can shake the can immediately when the dog is doing the unwanted behavior.
I’ve used this technique on a number of dog problems that I’ve had through the years. It’s been especially helpful in stopping dogs from barking too much. One of my dogs was a very yappy dog until I tried this technique. After a few shakes of the can, he now does not bark all the time and is much more pleasant to be around.
Another dog problem I’ve handled with this technique is a disgusting behavior of eating their own feces. I know, so disgusting. Two of my dogs now have done this in the past and I was so happy when this technique worked for them. I would have to watch them while they were outside for a few days and keep a window open. Then when they started going toward their own feces with an eye to eating it, I would shake the can from the window and that was enough to stop them. It only took a few times.
I hope you will try this technique and let me know if it works for you. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.
Also, I have found another great dog training book that has some great simple ideas to help with dog problems that you might want to try. The title is Secrets to Dog Training, formerly known as SitStayFetch. It’s a great resource, PLUS you get six bonus books with it.
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Tips on Training Your Dog
Training your dog at home may be one of the most rewarding activities known to pet owners. Just seeing your pet respond to cues and commands can bring immense satisfaction, because you will see concrete results from all of your training efforts.
Pet owners who are just starting out with their training sessions will often encounter small problems that can directly impede the progress of the dog. If your dog is not responding to more classical training approaches, you may want to try clicker training. Clicker training (or operant conditioning), emphasizes the relationship between target actions and rewards.
Since the association between rewards and actions are continually reinforced during training sessions, dog trainers have minimal problems when teaching their dogs new tricks. Clicker training is so simple that it can even be done by a ten-year–old child.
There are two indispensable elements that must always be present during clicker training: the clicker, and the treats. Some people offer toys, and even verbal praise, as treats. But for the purpose of quickly getting your dog’s attention, I highly recommend that you find a tasty treat that your dog will not mind eating again and again.
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If the dog is not following your commands, it is possible that the dog has yet to establish a solid connection between the command, and the action itself. Review the lesson and repeat the cycles to see if the dog is responding to the nonverbal cues.
If the nonverbal cues are not working, that means the dog has made no association between the action and any signal. Go back to square one, and repeat the association games. Use the clicker to mark the target behaviors during the action, and not after.
Verbal signals can be added to the training equation only when the dog has become an expert in responding to nonverbal commands. Nonverbal commands are easier to master than verbal commands (this is why some folks who use classical conditioning often have a difficult time teaching the simplest of actions).
Training sessions should not be drawn out and boring. Ten minutes is already a long session for an active dog who has never been trained before. During the first few sessions, limit your training timeframe to just three minutes. If the dog responds well to the clicker training, it can probably complete 20 successful cycles in three to five minutes.
Don’t be harsh with your pet if it does not immediately respond to your commands. Review the information signal (the cue), and check to see if the dog has made the association between the cue, and action itself. If the dog looks unmotivated, the problem may lie in the reward that you are offering. Change the reward and see if the dog will respond.
Punishment should be limited to a neutrally toned word such as “wrong”. Don’t scold your pet for not understanding. It doesn’t help the animal learn, and the animal may associate training sessions with being scolded. That is never a good thing for home-trained dogs.