It’s time to rethink your dog’s training as you train your own, a new book says.
The book, ‘The Dog Trainer’s Guide to Agility Training’ by John Cavanagh, is due out in the spring, and it tells the story of how the modern dog trainer has come to understand how their dog trains.
“What we do as dog trainers has changed dramatically in the last decade,” Mr Cavanaggan says.
“I remember as a kid I was taught that it was important to have a dog that was able to go for walks and to play with people and to be friendly, but it wasn’t until I started working with dogs that I realised that the way I trained my dog wasn’t all about being friendly but it was all about the dog being able to perform at a level that people can recognise.”
In training dogs, there are two things to look for.
First, a dog should be able to respond to the task you want it to perform.
Second, a training session should be focused on that task.
In the book, Mr Cavannagh says that a training exercise should consist of a series of activities that allow your dog to learn a particular task.
“If you’re looking at a dog, that means it needs to perform a task on its own, to get a reaction from you,” he says.
For example, if you want to teach your dog how to play fetch, you might need to teach it how to get on a leash and walk around your house.
“That’s a pretty simple task, it’s about finding the right way to do it.
The next step would be to train that on its side and then teach it to jump and to run and to jump on things.”
Now if you’re working with a dog with a really big personality, it would be a little harder to train the same thing on its opposite side.
“But we all know that a big dog is the worst person to be around.”
Mr Cavanawagh says the best way to train a dog is by using a combination of exercises.
“You need to start by looking at the dog and asking questions about what it is doing, what its doing is not what people expect it to do.”
Then you need to work on that to get the dog to work towards something you’re trying to achieve, and then you need the dog doing it correctly,” he explains.”
And then you do a little bit of work and you come to the conclusion that that is the training exercise that will work.
“The book talks about the different training methods that are used in dog training.
There are various methods of training, but one of the most effective is the “double-bladed” method.”
In this method, you put a single dog in front of a trainer and the trainer puts a double-blades on the dog,” Mr Sibbins says.
This is an example of how trainers can use a double blade to teach a dog a task.
Mr Cavawagh explains that a double bladed method works because it trains the dog so well that the animal becomes used to the new tasks.”
It’s an important aspect because dogs can get used to something as soon as they see it.
So the trainers are trained by the dog how the dog wants to be trained,” he adds.”
So when you teach a new task the dog learns it in a much more effective way, but also it learns how to do the task again.
“The “double bladed” approach is used to train dogs to walk or run, jump or fetch, and to sniff out objects, like a bottle or a cigarette.”
This is one of those exercises where the dog can learn the right part of the task that it’s not used to,” Mr Krieger says.
But a double edged sword can be useful too, as Mr Sigbins explains.
The book goes on to say that there are three ways to train dog behaviour.
One of them is by introducing certain behaviours to your dog that will lead to more positive interactions with your dog.”
There’s this great way of training dogs to run in the woods where they don’t have to chase you down.
There’s also this thing where a dog can walk through a tree and smell a tree,” Mr Ritchie says.
Another way to learn behaviours is by giving your dog a reward.”
We teach dogs the importance of having a good relationship with humans, and that’s by giving them a reward that will make them like you more,” Mr Gossett says.
Mr Sigbull says that when you are training your dog you should always consider the effects the training will have on the animal.”
As you train the dog, you should think about how it will benefit you, whether it will make you happier, whether you will have more confidence, whether the dog will be better at the task or not,” he advises.”
Ultimately it’s a choice