What true positive trainers DON’T do.
Have you ever been so excited that your dog did what you wanted you said, “Good sit!” ??? I think almost everyone on the planet has been there. However, this is actually not a good idea. You see, the cue (Sit in this case), should be taught as a verb. It’s an action. When “Sit” leaves your lips, you want your dog to preform the action of “Sit.” After your dog is already sitting, saying “Sit” again is actually asking them to sit again. Because it’s an action cue.
Some people don’t realize just how critical socialization is until the dog is older and fearful of the world. It’s more than just playing with your neighbor’s dog and meeting your grandkids. Way more. And FYI, it’s way more than just people and dogs. This big bright wonderful world is full of all sorts of things that are not people and dogs. There are other animals, sights, sounds, movement, and then how do you interact with various things in various environments? Socialization is getting used to new experiences. Proper socialization is reinforcing a puppy for interacting with a huge variety of new things, in new situations, in new environments, to create “new things are not bad things.”
Canine Life and Social Skills is starting to take off. It’s a new three part program from the APDT, which far exceeds most I’ve ever seen. It has obedience, manners, and real life training such as waiting to get out of your car. The objectives are to promote positive training methodology, strengthen the dog & owner relationship, encourage ongoing training, value real life skills, educate about dog behavior, and to promote the value of dog trainers & dog training.
What side are you supposed to walk your dog on? Well, ask any die hard obedience person and the answer is “the left.” Actually, ask most people and they’ll give you the same answer. However, the correct answer is, both sides – the left AND the right. Why? A little something called reality. Most people [...]
1. Pour cold apple juice on the carpet in several places and walk around barefoot in the dark. 2. Wear a sock to work that has had the toes shredded by a blender. 3. Immediately upon waking, stand outside in the rain saying,”Be a good puppy, go potty now – hurry up – come on, lets go!” 4. Cover all your best suits with…
Anti-Bark Collars INCREASE Barking. Yes, you read that right. Anti-bark collars increase barking behavior. And you’re probably thinking, “no way, the dog knows when that collar is on and doesn’t bark.” And I tell you…. that is the kicker.
Just say, “NO” to being anti-yes! Don’t tell your dog to “don’t.” Tell him what you want!… if I said, “Don’t think of pink elephants. Matter of fact, don’t think of a baby pink elephant riding a tricycle down your street right now.” And voilà! You’re probably not thinking about how the stock market is doing.
I have heard all this rubbish on how balanced training is more humane, and sorry to pop the bubble, but IT’S NOT! Newsflash: just because you use treats, doesn’t make you a positive trainer. And even though I can’t stand traditional training methods, they are more humane than the so called “balanced” training methods. Why? Why do I think that?