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Training Schedule DOG TRAINING NOTES
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- Owner’s Responsibilities It’s the little things that can add up to large problems. Emotionally attached owners who treat their dog as an equal or loved one are creating situations. If leadership has not been established, now is the time to let the dog know who the true leader is. The owner has some options, take formal dog training, and learn how to be the leader, set rules for the dog and family members.
- The Law can hold owners liable for their dog's actions—including biting. You can reduce the likelihood of your dog biting someone by observing these points: Socialize and train your dog. It is best to start while your dog is a puppy, however, most dogs can be socialized.
- Do not let your dog run loose. Provide a fenced run and leash your dog when you go for a walk. Avoid having young children walk dogs they cannot control.
- When you meet children while out for a walk, be sure they approach your dog properly. This ensures their safety as well as protecting your dog, no one has to meet your dogs, if this is to happen let it be on your terms.
- Teach children to observe the simple rules of safe and considerate behaviour around dogs. In particular, teasing, chasing and yelling should be discouraged. Your dog may tolerate it, but another may not;
- Choose your dog carefully. Pups should be evaluated in light of the parent dog's behaviour. Select dogs that have been bred to be non-aggressive family dogs;
- Do not leave babies or very young children alone with a dog; Children should be taught to never hug a dog. Many dogs tolerate such behavior but others don’t.
- Approximate Development Stages Neonatal – 1-2 weeks = sensitive to environment, sleeps often, can not hear or see, dependent on mother
- Transitional – 3 – 4 weeks = senses develop, relatively independent, startles to sounds, learning about immediate environment
- Socialization – 5 – 12 weeks = develops social behaviour patterns, teething, begin house training, exploring, social development, sensitive to psychological trauma
- Juvenile – 6 – 12 months = some extra sensitive, avoid harsh treatment, ability to learn fully developed
- Adult – 12 – months = maturity following puberty
- Important implications for when dogs are being re-homed. Shelters often feel that dogs who have lived together in pairs must only be adopted out to a new home which is willing to take both dogs. If we extrapolate from the present research this seems like an unnecessary practice, as long as the home to which each dog is going has an individual human that the dog can bond with. Fortunately research has shown that dogs can quickly bond with a new human being based upon only a few minutes of friendly attention over a couple of days.
Training Schedule DOG TRAINING NOTES
- TRAINING COMMANDS BASIC FOUNDATION
- Make training fun and meaningful to you and your dog. Encourage good behaviours. Use Voice, touch, treats, body language. Through structure, consistency, and leadership training will soon become second nature to a dog. However, it is the owner, not the dog that must follow through with these three principles.
- Obedience training usually refers to the training of a dog and the term is most commonly used in that context. Obedience training ranges from very basic training, such as teaching the dog to reliably respond to basic commands such as "sit", "down", "come", and "stay", to high level competition within clubs such as the American Kennel Club, United Kennel Club and the Canadian Kennel Club, where additional commands, accuracy and performance are scored and judged.
- Obedience implies compliance with the direction or command given by the handler. For a dog to be considered obedient rather than simply trained in obedience, it must respond reliably each time its handler gives a command.
- Training a dog in obedience can be an ongoing and lengthy process depending on the dog, the methods used, and the skill and understanding of both the trainer and the handler. The level of obedience the handler wishes to achieve with the dog is also a major factor in the time involved, as is the commitment to training by the handler.
- Obedience training is often a prerequisite for or component of other training. The actual training of the dog can be done by anyone, the trainer, owner, or a friend. Typically the individual who is caring for and living with the dog participates and trains the dog.
- Basic or beginner's obedience is typically a short course ranging from six to ten weeks, where it is demonstrated to the handler how to communicate with and train the dog in a few simple commands. Though there may or may not be a specific word attached to it, walking properly on a leash, or leash control, is often the first training required prior to learning other commands.
- The following are commands that are common and often taught by professional canine trainers:-
Watch or Look – This command tells your dog that you want them to look at you and to make eye contact.
No or Wrong – This is telling the dog that what they are doing is the wrong action. This should be said in a firm, low, tone of voice.
Ouch! Or Making a Yelp Sound – This is the sound one should make when the dog begins mouthing, or biting too hard.
Good Dog/Girl/Boy – When a dog does something correctly, you should tell them that they are a good dog. Do this in a happy, upbeat tone, as the dog will interpret this as a job well done.
Sit – This is the most basic command of them all – and this command should be used before a dog eats, when at a street corner, around other people and basically anywhere you want to gain control of your pet.
Down – When you say down to a dog, you want it to lie down. This is a very submissive position to a dog, so dogs that are more dominant in personality might not comply at first. “Down” should be used when you want the dog to be more comfortable, or when you need more control over your dog.
Stand – When the dog is sitting or lying down and you want it to move into an upright position, use the “stand” command.
Stay – The stay command is telling the dog that he or she should not move from where they are. You can combine “sit stay,” so that the dog remains sitting in its position, or “down stay.”
Okay – This tells the dog that they are released from the previous command. The dog is free to do as they wish, until they get the next command.
Let’s Go – This is the command that one will give when they want their dog to move. It is especially helpful when out on a walk, when the dog is on a leash.
Heel – The heel position is a precise command, which means the dog should take the position directly to your left. When you walk, the dog walks, when you stop, the dog stops. This is a good command for a dog to know when in a crowd, or when you want your dog to stay close to you.
Come – When you say “come” to a dog, it should drop whatever it is doing and come right to you. This can be a lifesaving command and you should always use an inviting, cheerful tone.
Off – As mentioned, “off” should be used when you want the dog to get off the couch, bed, or even people. Do not confuse this with “down.”
Take it – When you want to teach your dog to take toys or food on command, you would use the term “take it.”
Drop it – When you want a dog to drop what is in his or her mouth, you would say “drop it.”
Leave it – If you do not want your dog to pick up an object or approach something, use the command “leave it.”
Now you know the basic commands that a dog should know, you want to make sure that you are not doing anything that will cause this training to take a backslide.
Misunderstandings when communicating can occur between people and, in most cases, we are speaking the same language. When it comes to dogs and humans, however, we do not speak the same language, so one might expect that misunderstandings can occur. Here are five of the most common misunderstandings that one can expect, when trying to teach their dog new commands:-