TRAINING FOR A BETTER RELATIONSHIP
The relationship you build with
your dog should be the main focus of any training program. When teaching something new, if your dog is failing repeatedly here are 6 steps
1.Take a training step back to
something a little easier where he was successful.
2. Your dog should succeed at a specific behavior at
least 80% of the time before you ask for something additional.
For example, say your dog does a perfect stay for 30
seconds but then you move the duration up to a minute
and a half with poor results. Go back to the 30 second
stay, and when you have consistent success, raise it
to 45 seconds, and then 60, etc, with success at each
step before moving on.
3. Be sure to highly reward positive outcomes consistently
and ignore mistakes.
Some of our best articles are
by Dr. Ian Dunbar, a veterinarian, animal behaviorist,
and writer. He received his veterinary degree and a Special
Honors degree in Physiology & Biochemistry from the Royal
Veterinary College (London University) and a doctorate
in animal behavior from the Psychology Department at the
University of California in Berkeley, where he spent ten
years researching olfactory communication, the development
of hierarchical social behavior, and aggression in domestic
dogs. He has been lecturing to veterinarians and dog clubs
for over thirty years. In fact, since 1986 he has conducted
over 800 days of seminar and workshop for trainers and
veterinarians around the world. There are very few educated
trainers who have not been strongly influenced by Dr.
Dunbar's fun & games, from-the-animal's-point-of-view,
dog friendly dog training.
Dr. Dunbar is peerless in his field; there is simply no
other person who has his qualifications, experience, and
expertise in the realm of modern psychological dog training
and behavior counseling-fields which Dr. Dunbar has played
a major role in developing over the past 25 years. I am
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some of his articles here.
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