Dog training involves three main principles to always consider. These principles are the core ingredients to behavior modification and are always at work, whether training the family pet or teaching a police dog to find drugs. Understanding how these principles work is the secret to clear communication between you and your dog. The three principles of dog training are Timing, Consistency and Motivation.
Timing is the first principle. Timing has to do with the way dogs brains process cause and effect. Timing says that any behavior a dog acts out must have a consequence within 1.3 seconds in order for the dogs to associate that behavior with that consequence. Positive behaviors must have a positive consequence within 1.3 seconds and negative consequence within 1.3 seconds. Too often pet owners reprimand a dog far after the event took place. Experienced dog trainers call this punishment. The dog never has to chance to connect his behavior with the consequence. Therefore, the dog is left to deal with an angry owner having no idea what is making the owner upset. This leads to submission, which the owner misreads as guilt leading owners to believe the dog knew what he did wrong. Since 1.3 seconds is not very long, timing can be really difficult. To assist in proper timing, we use "markers." Markers are words used to mark the moment your dog acts out a behavior. You are going to mark "good" at the exact moment your dog acts out the right behavior and you are going to mark "no" at the exact moment your dog acts out the wrong behavior.
Motivation is what you do to influence your dogs' decision-making process. Motivation is an aspect of dog training that requires action from you! At the exact moment your dog acts out a positive behavior, you must mark that behavior by saying "good", then follow up with a reward. How you reward your dog is important. Rewards must be physical. Talking to/praising your dog is not enough. However, a small treat or petting your dog can go a long way. Educated trainers view rewards much like paychecks. When you go to work, your motivation to work is a paycheck. If all your boss did at the end of the week were say "good job" and send you on your way, you would probably find a new job. Similarly, you need rewards to motivate your dog to work. or they will go and find their reward through "self rewarding behaviors"; for example: eating out of the trash, chewing up the couch, digging in the yard, counter surfing, etc.
At the exact moment your dog acts out a negative behavior, you must mark that behavior by saying "no" then follow up with a correction. Again, talking to, scolding, or yelling at your dog is not sufficient. Trainers call the delivery of negative stimulation a "correction" from an approved dog training collar. The strength and style of correction greatly varies on the dog. Corrections are viewed by educated trainers much like speeding tickets. A speeding ticket is given in order for the negative act of speeding to not be repeated. If the ticket was only fifty cents, you would likely speed again. However, if the ticket was too high, say $10,000, you may be afraid to drive altogether. A correction must motivate your dog enough that he does not want to repeat a behavior without making him afraid of a certain situation altogether.
Consistency is the key ingredient when training a dog. It establishes a clear line of communication between dogs and owners. Consistency in dog training means promptly reacting the same way every time to any significant behavior your dog acts out. Significant behaviors may include getting in the trash or coming when the dog is called. For dogs to learn that getting in the trashcan is a negative behavior, you must mark "no" and then correct him every time he gets into the trash. For the dog to learn that coming when called is a positive behavior, you must mark "good" and then reward him every time he comes after hearing his name called. Rules must be very black and white for dogs. Remember! You must mark within 1.3 seconds of a specific behavior and then follow up immediately with a reward or a correction. Each time you miss a chance to reward your dog, or each time you miss an opportunity to correct your dog, you send a strong message to the dog that you have no ability to influence his decision-making.
The way your dog behaves is a product of how you interact with him. Don't blame the dog. Your dog's behavior is directly related to your ability to understand and implement the three training principles:
OFF THE WALL DOG TRAINING ACADAMY, LLC - Programs
Barracks Training - Have you pet board in our spacious accommodation and receive daily training sessions with a professional dog trainer. The average stay for a dog is two weeks. You will still have a private lesson with you dog's trainer at the end of your dog's stay so they can teach you how to effectively communicate and be consistent with your dog at home. We will also schedule a private lesson with you.
Day Training - Drop your dog off in the morning, he or she will receive training sessions throughout the day, then pick up you're your tired pup in the evening. Great for owners who want the consistency of daily training but want to have their dog home every night. You will have one private lesson with your trainer at the end of each week so they can show you what your dog has learned and so they you can continue to be consistent at home.
Private Lessons - Our private lessons give you one on one attention with our trainer. You can work on basic or advanced obedience.
Dog/puppy Evaluations - - If you want a dog for a specific reason; i.e.: protection, other sport and/or if you are having a specific problem with your dog, we can evaluate your dog for you.
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