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Beginning training

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Beginning Training

These infographics should help when beginning training. They’ll help to make the most out of learning and practicing, whatever the task you choose. Science has told us that dogs remember best when having fun, so relax and enjoy it.

A good trainer will explain how to use the tasks they teach- but the only limits are your imagination. As you go about your daily life with pup, you’ll start to notice where the things will help. Do they try to get in the dishwasher? “Leave” and “go backwards” would work, just as well as “come here”. Dog training is about levelling up the communication with dogs, guiding them so they have safe and happy lives. Use the things we learn in class to make your life easier- whatever you’re doing, whether you’re cleaning, chilling out, eating or visiting friends.

Whilst we learn the tools to keep our dogs safe from harm, there’s some added benefit. Doing things like “leave”, “wait” and “stop” teaches them patience and self- control. This helps them control their emotions and mature faster.

Even a few minutes of training will increase your bond and the better the bond, the more likely they are to want to listen to you. It’s a win- win situation that keeps getting better and better.

Rewards

The most important thing while training is to find what rewards work best. Food is fastest when learning something new- so use what you know they like- compensating for the calories by reducing their next meal a little. Something super yum is good if it’s a task that’s hard, needing patience or restraint like waits and leaves. Keep to the usual type of reward as you get better by task then environment. Reduce the rewards or start to chain things together then.

Rewards need to be quickly phased out for certain tasks. A clever dog may woof so they can be told to be quiet and given a treat. Similarly, the dog may ask to go out and pretend to wee if they always get a nice treat when they come in. Phase out rewards if this is happening – a tickle or game and a “thanks!” is a good start.

excerpt from Sue’s book- available here

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