Tuesday, September 11, 2012



"Dog Treats for Dog Training","  We found the following article to be very helpful:

There are many different approaches to dog training and many different ways of implementing each of those approaches. 

 Virtually every truly functional dog training system is outgrowth of positive reinforcement thinking.
 Dog owners are particularly susceptible to making three critical errors, which if avoided will make the training process far more enjoyable and effective.


Inconsistency

Consistency may be hobgoblin of little minds in terms of the need for human creativity.


Dogs thrive on predictability.
 Operant conditioning is predicated on the fact that dogs will begin to associate events with consistent outcomes.


A dog is likely to best respond to a system in which regular actions produce regular results.
 In the dog's mind, these lapses in regularity convey a sense of randomness to the process and make it difficult for the pet to associate his specific behaviors with specific results-the key to training.
 When surprises occur it undermines the whole of the training process.


Impatience

There can be a great deal of frustration in dog training.


We live in a world that is so often focused on immediate results.
 Dog training runs counter to this societal trend toward speedy, immediate gratification.


Impatience results in unpredictability on the part of the owner as they hastily cease a training session or abandon positive reinforcement techniques in hopes of finding a shortcut to desired results.


A successful trainer will master developing a patient outlook throughout the extended process of dog training.
 Frequently, however, owners tend to perceive the process as being uniquely about them.


When an owner approaches the dog as a simple subject for experimentation, they lose track of what makes the dog unique and denigrate the always-important dog/owner relationship.
 What might have been a pleasurable chance for interaction becomes an un-enjoyable task.
 Owners who fail to see their pet's identity during training are unable to pick up on subtle clues and possible means to improve their techniques.


By avoiding these three common pitfalls, a dog owner is more likely to be able to implement a training strategy that produces results.
 Regardless of the exact methodology adopted by the owner, the training process will benefit extraordinarily from avoiding the mistakes of inconsistency, impatience and treating your pet as a subject instead of as a partner.
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