How to properly train your dog? Training techniques

The training or learning of the dog is based on different techniques that have evolved over time and which take into account the needs of the dog and the objectives of the learning.

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For example, if your dog later escapes on a walk. If you’ve taught him recall, you’ll have no trouble getting him back on your feet before it’s too late. Of course, there are dogs with behavioral problems. If this is the case with yours, a behaviorist can help you. But before you panic, first know that dog training is a long-term job. Do not be discouraged !

Some training methods

The lure . With a treat, you  guide the dog  to achieve the desired behavior. For example, you raise the treat above the nose and towards the dog’s ears to encourage him to sit in a movement that is natural to him.

The clicker.  After teaching the dog the meaning of clicking, you will guide him by clicking/rewarding each step towards the desired behavior. For example, to teach the dog to go on its cushion, you will click/reward four times: when it looks at its bed, goes towards the bed, touches the bed, and finally puts its 4 paws on the bed.

Capturing.  You reward the dog when it spontaneously adopts the desired behavior. For example, when the dog lies down spontaneously, tell him “down” and give him a treat. After a few exercises, he will have understood that lying down on command will be rewarded.

Imitation . This method is based on social learning. A specific protocol allows the dog to learn to imitate human actions.  For example picking up an object, carrying a bag…

During learning (training), the word you choose to associate with the behavior must be pronounced when the dog proposes this behavior and not before, since the dog does not know it yet. Once the dog has fully understood the exercise, you will pronounce the chosen word (sit, lie down, in the basket…) to give him the order.

A few training tips

Rewards  should be tailored to the dog  and highly motivating. To  teach a new exercise to the dog,  choose croquettes, industrial treats, fresh food, all low in calories or a toy that he loves, according to his preferences.

Regardless of the training method  chosen, the dog should not be manipulated or physically coerced. Otherwise, the dog is trying to run away from a situation that is unpleasant for him and will not learn to suggest the behavior spontaneously. The training must be motivating for the dog to increase its reliability.

Don’t say “no” to the dog when he makes a mistake. This word is often only used when the dog does something stupid. Be forgiving and patient.

Do not use restrictive or painful training aids such as choke or electric collars.

Work in short (no more than 15 minutes) and regular (several times a week) learning sessions to see progress, especially if you are training a dog that is still very young.

Do not ask your dog to do things that he is not yet capable of doing because you risk demotivating him. Be gradual and patient.

Managing the environment when training the dog

During your training exercises, you can modify your environment so that your dog is less distracted or less likely to engage in prohibited behaviors:

  • Put a barrier in front of the bedroom door if you want it to be prohibited.
  • Place boxes or a chair on your couch so the dog doesn’t climb on it.
  • Raise the trash can so the dog can’t get to it.

These preventative measures will allow you to be completely focused on the exercises to be taught.

A dog that feels good about himself: the key to good training

Good dog training is a promise of well-being and serenity, both for you (toilet training in puppies must be the first step in training, for example); and for him. In order to be completely receptive to training, your dog must be physically and mentally fit. It must be properly fed in relation to its needs. He must drink enough.

You must also respect his essential rest times adapted to his condition, his age… A puppy, for example, sleeps a lot, sometimes up to 90% of his time. He will learn quickly, but on the other hand you have to prepare short training sessions! To be organized preferably before meals, but without starving him. Because using one of your small dog food will be a good way to attract his attention during the training session: he must therefore have an appetite, but not be impatient.

Your dog needs to be entertained, so spend time with him to play, to go out, to make him meet other dogs…

Make him play sports, he also needs to evacuate his energy!

In conclusion, ensure the complete development of your dog, his training will only be more effective.