Dog Training Principles
Dog Training principles are important as a guideline to follow to get the best out of the dog and become a successful trainer. Having structure and sound principles will serve as a mechanism to adapt to any changes or problems thrown at the dog trainer/handler. The ability to adapt to change, and expect change is a quality of a dog handler and trainer must possess. For example, dog training 30 years ago schools were using old traditional methods such as choke chains and the alpha dog training philosophy. Current dog training schools are now being encouraged and it is advocated by dog training and behaviour associations in the United Kingdom to use only positive dog training methods. For instance, dogs like to work for a toy reward or food or even affection. So use it. Clicker training is an effective way to reward your dog once the owner/handler/trainer knows how to use it. It is all about educating the person to train the dog.
These are some fundamental dog training principles:
- Have an aim for your training session and break it down into objectives, so it’s achievable and realistic.
- Each training session must be linked to the previous session and in a logical step working towards a training goal.
- Consistency in your reward method and be fairness
- Consistency in the handler’s voice and body movement so as not to confuse the dog.
- When doing agility training or fun activities make sure the apparatus is safe to use Check for any hazards before or after the obstacle such as glass or sharp objects.
- Keep lessons short and make it a successful session for the dog and learner.
- Adapt the training session to the dog’s health needs
- Aim to promote teamwork: the handler & the dog: A confident team inspires to learn and develop to become stronger.
- Check all equipment for the dog and handler prior to sessions for any faulty lead handling such as clipping up the dog to apply the correct lead.
- Make sure the dog is in good health and free from any minor or major ailments such as parasites or poor coat condition.
- The dog training program is set up and tailored made to the handler/owner and the dog.
There are a lot more dog training principles which we will cover later on in the book. This gives you an idea of how to conduct yourself when training or handling a dog.