Dog Obedience Training
Dog obedience training aims to produce a dog that is able to comply with any command given. The training can be
done at home with or without a trainer. There are many books, article and videos to guide you through proper dog
Dog obedience training ranges from ability to follow basic commands such as “sit” “stay” come” to more advanced
commands such as “fetch” and “jump”.
There are many reasons that people want their dogs to go through dog obedience training. Most people do it since
an obedient dog is easier to handle and control. Other reasons may be, as a way to stop bad dog behaviours, to keep your dog in line in presence of other people and
animals, to help build your dog’ confidence and to set boundaries in the relationship you have with your dog.
However, dog obedience training has no guarantees. Some
dogs will respond better than others while some are just too rebellious to obey. Whatever the result, it is still
safe to say that there is a lot to gain from dog obedience training.
During dog shows, obedience is one of the fields the various dogs are judged on. Dogs are given scores based on
how well they can follow commands or instructions given. The highest score is awarded to the dog that shows the
best response in terms of compliance and reliability.
Dog obedience training takes various forms. Different trainers may use different methods for dog obedience
classes. The training may also vary in various dogs based on their purpose and the approach preferred by the
handler/trainer/owner. For example, the training for a guard dog will be different from that of a sporting dog.
Likewise, a guide dog will be trained differently from a sniffer dog.
Basic commands taught during obedience training include sit, stay, come and heel. More advanced training will
involve dog tricks such as attack, stop,
roll over, fetch and speak. The advanced training is mostly for working dogs, sporting dogs or those dogs that take
part in dog shows. This kind of training will come in handy during the course of work. For a sporting dog like the
golden retriever, a command such as “fetch” is as important as the command “attack” is to a guard dog.
The ability of such dogs to excel in advanced training will also determine how well they will serve their
various functions. A retriever that cannot fetch may not be a favourable hunting companion.
Obedience training is one of the basic essentials every dog owner should ensure their dogs get. With obedience
classes, you are less anxious about the kind of behaviour your dog portrays. Methods employed in obedience training
may be based on one or both of these principles
- Parvlov’s conditioning
- Operant conditioning
Methods such as clicker training are based on operant
conditioning where behaviour is positively reinforced through use of treats and verbal praise.
Some of the devices that are essential in dog obedience training include; collar, leash and treats. The collars
are available in different types; choose one that best suits your needs as well as those of the dog.
Remember that your dog will only do what it is taught to do. You must be consistent, reassuring and effective at
maintaining the commands you give. The second you start waffling or forgetting to reassert your commands, your dog
will start to revert to the original behaviours that you worked so hard to train them out of.
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