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Basic Dog Training Techniques and Principles

28th June 2022

I would like to share with you the core principles I feel are critical for the successful training of dogs (or horses). If you have decided that you are going to train a dog, learning these five command words for dogs’ obedience is going to be critical. Basic obedience is the foundation for all that your dog does, but having a well-trained dog is so much more than just obedience.

I am going to give you a quick overview of basic dog obedience training, with great tips and step-by-step procedures. In this article, I shall discuss dog-trainer criteria and some principles that should be followed in brief along with the training procedures. Before making your dog, you should be aware of the criteria for choice, quality of the trainer, and principles for dog training.

If a dog qualifies for basic obedience training, you may then opt for any special or requirements-based training. Puppies older than 6 months may progress to higher levels of obedience training, or, once required vaccinations are completed, practice the newly learned manners in the local dog park. Other dog owners may prefer obedience training programs that give their dogs the opportunity to interact with various other breeds.

Dog trainers or animal behaviorists are another effective approach when it comes to training a new pup. With positive training, you do not need to use a training collar, and the training sessions are highly beneficial for both the trainer and the dogs. Pure Positive Reinforcement is a technique that has been promoted by trainers such as Dawn Silvia-Stasiewicz, who trained the Obamas dog, Bo. If your dog has a strong bond with you, and is able to spend lots of time watching and following you, it might be a technique that feels more comfortable than sticking with normal training sessions.

Known as Reward-Based Training, Force-Free Training, or R+ Training, this technique is all about strictly using positive reinforcement, using rewards to direct your dog toward desired behaviors. Reward-based training has been scientifically proven to improve learning rates, motivate dogs to work harder to earn rewards, eliminate the need for forced or aversive training tools, and promotes a human-canine bond built on mutual trust and respect, instead of a bond built on the dogs desire to avoid fear, pain, or punishment. We believe strongly that using positive reinforcement, using foods, attention, and toys appropriately, is one of the best ways to train a dog to learn and retain various desired behaviors. Positive reinforcement can be used in every aspect of training your dog, from housetraining to obedience and agility training, making positive reinforcement one of the most universal approaches.

Positive training also requires patience and focus, because you are constantly looking for good behaviors to reinforce, instead of just paying attention when your dog does something incorrect. Alpha training may not be successful in correcting underlying causes for poor behavior, leaving dogs feeling anxious or afraid. Although dominance training may be effective in restraining undesirable behaviors, contemporary dog trainers often consider it to be archaic. If your dog is anxiety-prone, then dominance-based training should absolutely be avoided, since an already-anxious dog could absolutely freak out over a more dominance-based approach (though we would normally advise against dominance-based training no matter what the dogs personality).

Jack Braintree

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