Top Dog Training, What Works

Top Dog Training, What Works.Top Dog Training, What Works.

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.Lucky Positive Reinforcement

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

Me and dogs

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, What Works

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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.

Take this Dog Training Test and find out the style of trainer/owner you are. At the end click on the link and you can get a free four-week training course for your dog.

 

15 thoughts on “Top Dog Training, What Works.”

  1. ReeceMichael says:

    Hello Nic, 

    Wanting to train your dog is a very common thing that all owner wants but there are many factors to consider before starting this process and they vary from dog to dog. There are some tips that work well for certain dogs that are very sensitive and can easily catch up anything, while there are others that need serious training session to get them to understand better. I have learned a lot from reading this article and knowing how fast my dog learns, would it be okay to train her three times in a week? 

  2. Roy says:

    Thank you for an informative and well-written article. We have a beautiful little Japanese spitz, which is eager to learn all the time (almost 😄). From our family´s experience with her, 7 years, you are so right in what you are writing. Mutual respect for your pet is very important, and it is something that needs to be practised every day. It just takes one time of trying to force your dog to something and the trust is lost for a time period, and you need to build the trust back up. The gentle and easy approach does it. But in between, you have to be firm in your commands and also show your dog when it has not been so “nice”.

    We train our dog every day. it can be a short session of 5 minutes, or it can be longer sessions. We also make sure to vary the training and types of games we do.

    Thank you for sharing good advice written in an easy way to comprehend.

    Roy

  3. Jackie says:

    These are good tips for me to help me train my dog. Been looking to get the best training for my dog and I didn’t know which would work but now that you have shown me, that’s perfect. It seems like different dogs have different response to the training that they receive. What do you think?

  4. Ann says:

    I have personally used positive reinforcement with my Labrador. And up till this point I thought it was the only way to train my dog. The other point I take home is that sessions should not be all. Training our dog is a continual process. It doesn’t stop. We must always be watching out for when bad behavior breaks out. And also reinforce the good when our pet shows it.

  5. Jack says:

    I love this article about dog training, sometimes my dog do come to me without my giving him any verbal command, I will only have to move my hand or make an eye contact and he will come running to me , dogs are such a beautiful animals and if you wantt to enjoy their presence, you need to give them a good dog training and I’m happy to come across this wonderful article. 

  6. Joy says:

    Hello there this is an amazing review you have got here. i am sure that the quality information in this post will be of great help to anyone who come across it as it to me this really caught my attention as i was scrolling through it i just could not it like i said in yours previous article am not really a pet but i sure do have a lot of people i will be willing to share this article with thanks for the info

    1. admin says:

      Hi, Joy Thanks for your comment.

  7. Dale says:

    Positive reinforcement is probably the most important two words in this article.  This is a wonderful article.  I had a chocolate lab for almost 14 years and I believe it was positive reinforcement from a puppy that made him such a great dog.  Not even one accident in the house in almost 14 years.

    I dont have a pooch any more simply because in my brain Im not sure another dog could live up to my diesel

    This was a great article.  Thank you for bringing back some of my great memories.

    1. admin says:

      It is great to hear about Deisel. I had a black lab and I understand how you can feel how you do. I now have a Sprocker, who is a service dog. Dogs can and should be Mans (And Women’s) best friend.

  8. Patricia Bracy says:

    This is a great article.  The techniques you present here sound really simply yet enforceable for positive results.  The story about the monkeys is proof that showing respect, displaying trust and using gentle techniques will make a difference in how a dog or monkey in this situation will respond.  Top dog trainer will certainly help dog owners to have the dog they have always wanted.  It really makes since that a dog can be effectively trained through positive reinforcement in conjunction with building respect.

    1. admin says:

      Thank you for your comment.

  9. Christine says:

    I like what you say about training, and I agree, yes to positive reinforcement, but there should be mutual respect. And no fear or pain. I use treats sometimes to teach something, but not always. I also pet them when my dogs do something well, or I praise them enthusiastically, so they know they did well 😉 

    I also taught one of my dogs to come to me without giving her any verbal command, I just move my hand, as in beckoning her, and she comes. I love that we achieved that! This is teamwork, not just me teaching her, but also she being a smart and intuitive dog. 

    I love your post about dog training!

    I also love the story about the monkeys. I have a similar story with spider monkeys who can get quite aggressive if you do not know how to behave with them. They have their own etiquette of behavior. I once rescued a spider monkey from a zoo and sent it to a wonderful sanctuary. When I visited her there, I was taught spider monkey etiquette 😉 and I ended up becoming friends with other spider monkeys who had once attacked a man and sent him to the hospital (he had entered their area without permission, disregarding the santuary owners’ instructions) and even with a spider monkey who was really shy around humans. I have had some beautiful experiences with those spider monkeys and the one I rescued always hugs me with so much love when she sees me 🙂 

    1. admin says:

      Thanks for telling your experience with the spider monkeys. Animals are amazing and you are right, mutual respect is essential and not only with dogs. If we had more mutual respect in the world it would be a better place.

  10. Chas says:

    Hi Nic,

    I often tried to train my dogs but never really got serious about it. I guess I am guilty as charged because i used the positive reinforcement, and it never worked well. I got the dogs to respond to speak and was successful at getting them to respond with a bark to the word speak. But, that about as far as it goes. I did try to get some to sit by verbally repeating it and trying to push the back down gently, it never really worked more than a few times. 

    I can see what I was doing wrong after reading your training instructions here. I seemed to be the one feeding the dogs in the mornings, because I was the first one up, and they wanted to eat. I could get them to sit them they would respond, knowing they would get fed when they sat. But, it never seemed to work well later, because as you say, they simply didn’t have the incentive without the food! 

    Now I realize I needed to work with them more and gain their respect as well. Thank you for this informative article! 

    1. admin says:

      Thanks for the comment Chas, Dogs are clever animals and they know how to play us. It sounds like you are virtually there with the training it just needs a little tweek.

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