Top Dog Training, What Works.
Top dog training is dog training that works, for you and your dog. Some people will argue that that means using just positive reinforcement. As you will see, positive reinforcement is something Top Dog Training UK would recommend. However, it isn’t the best form of training when used on its own. I approach every dog in the same way, and that is how I would treat my dog. That is using positive reinforcement and building mutual respect. I respect and trust my dog and reinforce positive behaviour, whether the reward is praise and a fuss, a treat, or playing with its favourite toy. I trust my dog, implicitly. Beau, my dog, is a Sprocker (A Springer Spaniel crossed with a Cocker Spaniel.) is my pet dog, my assistance dog and my best friend. We spend nearly all our time together, and we trust each other. That trust goes along with respect, and we earn it from each other. Beau, only two weeks ago saved my life, and for that, I will always be in her debt to her. All this has been built up over the years, making it more robust but it all started as a puppy.
Top Dog Training – Positive Training.
Positive training is a method that some say is the only way to train a dog; others say it just doesn’t work unless it is for training tricks and fun things. I would say they are all wrong, positive reinforcement training does work, but it needs to be used in conjunction with building respect.
Positive reinforcement is what it says. When the dog does something, you want you to give it something it likes or wants, e.g. rewards it. That is the positive reinforcement. Imagine if it was a child, would you have the same approach. Reward good behaviour, but ignore all other behaviour? Of course, you wouldn’t it would be a strange environment for the child. It wouldn’t know what was right, wrong or in between them both.
If you had a dog that liked chasing cats and you let it off the lead because you believed its recall to be good. Then one day you do this, and it sees a cat and starts to chase it. If your dog is like my dog, it has no interest in treats when it is out for a walk and playing. What about if your dog prefers chasing the cat than having a treat because it feels more enjoyment from chasing the furry ball of fluff. So recall doesn’t work. Not only will positive recall not work, you need another method to train your dog. Your dog also needs to know that it doesn’t chase cats, not that it can pursue a cat as long as it comes back when you call it.
I hope you don’t think I am knocking positive reinforcement; I am not. I have used it with my current dog and all the other dogs I have owned and or trained. Top dog training is about balance and teaching your dog in a positive, rewarding way but still allowing it to learn some things are wrong and that specific behaviour and manners are expected in public and at home.
Top Dog Training – Respect and Trust.
Respect and trust mean a dog is balanced; it has balanced energy with itself and you. In my opinion and experience
when you master building a stable relationship with your dog, you will see a change in the way other dogs and animals interact with you.
Several years ago I was in the Gambia and went to see some monkeys, (I have a passion for monkeys, it is something I have had since I was a child, I loved cheater in Tarzan.) Before we went on a trail through the habitat of these monkeys, we were sold nuts and told the Monkeys were tame to a level where they would reach out and take the nuts from your hand. However, they would not climb on you or allow you to touch, pet or stroke them. Trying to do this or encourage it could end up in you getting hurt.
At the time, I was needing to use a wheelchair and could only walk short distances. After wandering further along the trail, we came across a group of monkeys, and everyone started to give them nuts. I was struggling and sat down, and then a few other people did the same. A young baby wandered over and stood in front of me and started taking nuts from my hands. Suddenly it jumped on my knee and carried on eating nuts. I did nothing just carried on feeding it. After a couple of minutes sitting on me, it started holding my hand and climbing near my head. I decided I would try touching it as I would with a dog. I was stroking the baby. Then something amazing happened, four or five monkeys climbed on to me ate some nuts then I would gently touch them, and they groomed me. They climbed all over me, my head shoulders and knees.
After a few minutes, they left me and went away into the trees. The people around me were amazed. Some grumbled and said they wanted the monkeys to do that with them, others took photographs, and the rest stood there making comments. The monkeys wouldn’t go near to the other people other than taking nuts at arm’s length.
I don’t recommend you try this and go to any animal and try to be friends with it. All I did was what I would do with a dog. I used the same techniques to take away fear to build up respect and trust. We shared relaxed, calm energy that we all seek in relationships. With dogs, we sometimes need to show leadership and instruct a dog so that it will respond to what you teach it. The behaviour will be rewarded when they react positively.
Top Dog Training Sessions
I hear people talking about having training sessions for their dog. Some say half an hour a day; others say several short sessions. Again I agree with short sessions several times a day, if you are going to train a dog, individual skills in the home and use positive reinforcement at these times Examples are sitting, stay, down and recall. This element of training is essential. Let us go back to our child. Do you have set sessions where you teach your child, and that is it? I doubt it. You may spend teaching them skills such as riding a bike and that will be done at specific times. But you don’t sit a child down and say we will spend ten minutes three times a day teaching manners and in between do nothing. That wouldn’t be effective or a suitable method of training. Working on respect and trust is a continual process of correcting and teaching new behaviours.
Top Dog Training Force Free, Gentle Techniques
It doesn’t matter what you believe about dog training; there is one point I want to stress and is non-negotiable. All training should be force-free and use gentle techniques. You should never force a dog or any animal to do anything. Fear and pain have no place when training a dog. It is unacceptable. You can believe that worshipping the London bus on the moon is the right way to train a dog as long as no harm comes to your dog, and that means physical or emotional. Any abusive behaviour will cause a breakdown in your relationship with your dog and likely to lead to further behavioural problems.
What Is The Next Step For Top Dog Training?
You can be a top dog trainer. But you need a system that you can use to build a relationship with your dog that involves, respect and trust and methods that do not involve fear and or pain.
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