Dog Training Without Treats: What’s the Difference Between Using High Value Dog Treats And Marking Your Dogs?
In this article we will share some of our experiences with different types of dog training methods. We hope that it will help you to decide which method is best for your needs. The following are some things that you need to consider before choosing a way of dog training.
Do You Have A Need For These Methods?
It is very important to understand if you have a need for these methods or not. If you do not have any need then choose another one. However, if you feel like there is a need then follow the method that suits your needs best.
How Long Will It Take To Train My Dog?
The time required depends on many factors such as the age of your dog, the type of dog, the level of obedience you want to achieve and so on. Some dogs take less time than others. In general though, it takes between two weeks and six months depending upon the breed and other factors.
Which Type Of Dog Are You Going To Train?
There are various types of dogs that can be trained using different methods. It is important to choose the right type of dog that will suit the type of training you want to use. Each type has its advantages and disadvantages so choose wisely depending upon your own preferences.
Do You Want To Place More Emphasis On Positive Reinforcement Or The Necessary Discipline?
This is another important consideration. Some of these methods are suitable for some people but not for others. It is important to choose a method that best suits your own personality and needs.
Do You Have The Time And Patience To Teach Your Dog?
This is another major consideration. It takes time to train a dog using these methods. You need to have the time and the patience to achieve your goals. Some people have neither the time nor the patience required for dog training so choose a method that you think will work best for you.
DOG TRAINING METHODS
Now that you know the pros and cons of some of the most popular training methods, it is time to take a closer look at them. Each method has its own advantages and disadvantages so choose the one that you think will best suit your situation.
1) DISCIPLINE BASED TRAINING
In this training method, you use more traditional techniques of dog training such as punishing the dog for bad behavior. The theory behind this method is based on the belief that dogs learn best through negative reinforcement.
Advantages: This training method is great for owners that want to establish themselves as the “leader of the pack” in their relationship with their dog. It helps to build a stronger bond because the owner is clearly in charge. Because of this, discipline based training works very well for certain types of dogs such as guard dogs or hunting dogs.
Disadvantages: Unfortunately, this method does not work well for ALL dogs. Some dogs just do not learn how to behave properly due to this type of training. Also, the owners who use this type of training often find that it conflicts with their own beliefs of how to treat their pet.
This can lead to a great deal of frustration on the owner’s part because they don’t believe in this approach but feel compelled to use it due to the positive results that other people are seeing.
My Opinion: I am not a big fan of this method. In fact, I feel that it is irresponsible and lazy on the owner’s part to use this type of training because it is convenient for them and ignores any responsibilities that the owner has to their pet.
2) NEGATIVE REINFORCEMENT TRAINING
This is the polar opposite of the discipline method. With this approach, you only punish a dog when it does something wrong and never praise it for good behavior.
Advantages: Some dogs respond very well to this type of training. Owners of these types of dogs often enjoy a close bond with their dog and feel that they have a very good understanding of their pet’s behavior.
Disadvantages: Unfortunately, not all dogs respond well to this type of training. Many owners complain that their dog just becomes more obstinate and the behavior problems become even worse. Also, owners who use this method find that it is nearly impossible to keep up in a consistent manner.
As soon as they go a day or two without “correcting” the dog the pet behaves even worse than before so the owner gives up in frustration.
My Opinion: While this method does have its advantages, I feel that it is irresponsible and lazy on the owner’s part to use this type of training because it is convenient for them and ignores any responsibilities that the owner has to their pet.
3) POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT TRAINING
The third major training method is positive reinforcement. With this approach, you provide positive reinforcement for the behaviors that you like. You also ignore the behaviors that you don’t mind so much.
Advantages: This method seems to be the most friendly towards both pets and owners alike. It encourages pet-owner bonding because both parties are happy with the results. It is also less likely to cause any behavior problems to develop as the animal grows up because it is receiving a positive experience from its owner most of the time.
Disadvantages: There really aren’t many disadvantages to this method. The only people I can think of that wouldn’t like this approach are those that are incredibly “mean” towards animals in general and may end up abusing them due to the pent up anger from being forced to show “love” and affection.
My Opinion: I like this method because it gets good results and works well for both pet and owner alike.
Conditions: There are a few “rules of thumb” that I use when training any animal using positive reinforcement. They aren’t hard and fast rules but more general guidelines that you should try to follow.
* Be persistent – If the pet doesn’t respond immediately, try again in a minute or two. You will eventually succeed if you are persistent.
* Be Consistent – Always perform the training in the same area and at the same time of day. This will allow your pet to easily recognize the pattern of the training sessions.
* Be Patient – Some pets may take longer than others to learn a certain command or cue. Don’t get frustrated and give up if your pet doesn’t get it right away, just keep trying.
With these guidelines in mind, you are ready to teach your new pet its first trick!
TEACHING YOUR PET TRICKS
One of the best things about training your new pet is that it doesn’t have to be trained to do really impressive tricks like a circus performer, you can train it to do some simple commands that allow the two of you to bond and have fun. For example, many owners like to teach their pets to pull up on a rope in order to bring something down from a high shelf. This is really a trick but many owners seem to think that their pet is helping them by doing this command.
Since you have a lot of time ahead of you with your new pet, you can take as much time as you need to teach it these commands. Also, the better your relationship is with your pet, the more likely it will want to do things like this for you in the future.
The first trick that we will teach your new pet is how to take a bow. This command can be useful for showing your pet off to other people and is just plain cute to watch!
To begin teaching this trick, you should first acquire some sort of treat that your pet really likes. It could be a piece of hotdog, some baby food, or even some catnip. For the purposes of this lesson, I will be using a piece of hotdog.
Once you have your treat, have your pet sit next to you (this will be its “ready” position). Show the treat to your pet and then wrap it up in your fist so that your pet can’t get to it. Toss it up in the air and immediately say “bow”.
As the treat is coming back down, have your pet go get it. As your pet goes to grab it, quickly open your hand so it can get the treat.
After a few repetitions of this, your pet should start anticipating the word “bow” whenever you wrap the treat up in your hand. At this point, start slowly decreasing the height that you throw the treat until your pet is able to bend its knees and bow its head into a near 90 degree angle in order to eat the treat off of the floor.
Once your pet can do this, you should begin saying the command “bow” before you wrap the treat up in your hand. At this point, your pet should begin bowing on its own whenever it sees the treat but hasn’t been given the command to do so. If your pet seems to forget the command that you’ve been using, just go back a step or two in the training process and build it back up again.
Congratulations! If you’ve followed all of the steps in this lesson, you’ve now taught your pet to obey a simple command. You can go on to teach it other commands, or you can begin performing tricks with it.
The choice is yours…..
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