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Accomplish Many Types Of Dog Trainings
By: Jonathan Cheong
There are many different styles of dog training, and finding the one
that works best for you is important for creating a dog that is a
talented, loyal and faithful member of the family. All successful
methods of dog training work to reinforce the relationship between dog
and handler, and the foundation of any successful training program is
getting the respect of the dog. Fortunately, dogs are wired by nature
to seek out leaders, and to follow the direction of those leaders.
Both leash/collar training and reward training have been around for a
very long time, and they have proven their effectiveness over time. The
type of training that works best will vary from dog to dog, and from
breed to breed. It is important to remember that each breed of dog has
its own unique qualities, reinforced by hundreds of years of selective
The leash and training collar is the most basic piece of equipment used
in training a dog. Using the lead and training collar properly is vital
to successful dog training. The training collar is designed to apply a
specific amount of pressure each time the leash is tightened. The
amount of pressure put on the leash controls the amount of pressure
placed on the training collar, and the pressure can be adjusted
according to how the dog responds.
Of course personalities of individual dogs vary quite a bit, even
within established breeds. You, as the owner of the dog, know better
than anyone which style of dog training will work best, so it is
important to work with the trainer you choose to achieve your goal of a
willing, obedient and friendly dog.
Leash and collar training is the best way to accomplish many types of
dog training, particularly in situations where the dog must have a high
level of reliability. For instance, dogs that have an important job to
do, such as rescue dogs, police dogs and guard dogs, generally benefit
from leash and collar training.
The first part of training with collar and leash, of course, is to
purchase a quality, well made training collar that will fit your dog
properly. There are many types of training collars and leashes on the
market. The most important thing is to choose one that is sturdy and
well made. The last thing you want to do is chase your dog down after
he has broken his collar.
The length of the collar should be approximately two inches longer than
the circumference of the dog’s neck. It is important to
accurately measure the dog’s neck using a measuring tape. In
order to get an accurate measurement, you must make sure that the tape
is not tight around the dog’s neck.
In a collar and leash based dog training program, first the dog is
taught a particular behavior, generally with the leash. After the dog
has demonstrated that it understands the command, the leash is then
used to correct the dog if it disobeys, or when it makes a mistake. The
leash is the main form of controlling and communicating with the dog in
leash and collar training.
When using leash and collar training, the dog must be trained to trust
the handler and accept his or her directions without question. In order
for the dog to be fully trained, the handler must demonstrate the
ability to place the dog into a posture or position he or she does not
want to take. This does not mean using force, but it does generally
require some level of physical manipulation. This manipulation is most
easily and safely done using the main tool of leash and collar training
– the leash.
The well trained dog is one who will walk at his owner’s side
on a loose lead, neither dropping behind nor charging ahead.
The well trained dog will also vary his pace to meet that of his
handler. Under no circumstances should the handler be forced to change
his or her pace to match that of the dog.
If the dog does begin to charge ahead, it is important to correct the
dog promptly by giving a quick tug on the leash. This will give the dog
a good reminder that he needs to change his pace. It is important to
quickly relieve the pressure as soon as the dog responds. The training
collar is designed to relieve pressure as soon as the leash is loosened.
Most dogs will immediately respond to corrections by a good, properly
used training collar. If the dog does not respond as directed, it may
be necessary to apply greater pressure. This can be especially true of
large dogs or those who have preexisting behavior or control problems.
If you are still unable to get a response from your dog, it is possible
that you are using a training collar that is not large enough for your
dog. If you think this may be the case, be sure to ask for expert
advice before proceeding.
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