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Advanced Dog Training Points For Conditioning Your Dog

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Akeisha wrote to me with some excellent questions. I’ve included her letter (and my responses) below:

Hi,

It’s Akeisha again.

I do see what you mean if it’s on all the time the dog will soon forget it’s on then will behave regardless. Ok, therefore the dog never wears a buckle collar again? this is often what irks me. I might wish to be able to control the dog regardless of what collar is on not just the pinch or it’d be no collar within the least and thus the dog still behaves. What if the owner for a couple of reason flies the collar then they put the buckle collar on for ID on the opposite hand forget the pinch collar? Then there is no control.

[Adam Replies] WRONG! The dog gets conditioned. begin the collar for a while. Doesn’t matter.

Do you ever within the training return to the buckle collar after months of what you recommend with a dog that’s pleased with doing the commands?

[Adam Replies] Yes, the dog does the command because he’s happy and he likes it. But eventually, there will be something that tempts him. this is often where conditioning comes in.

Think of it like this: You’ve lived within an equivalent house for 10 years, right? You get up within the center of the night and you reach for the sunshine switch that’s to the LEFT of the door. Pretty soon, you get conditioned to achieve bent the LEFT of the door.

One day you travel and stay during a hotel. You awaken within the center of the night and reach bent the LEFT of the door for the switch… albeit you cognitively saw that the switch is on the right .

In fact, you’ll awaken for several nights– maybe even weeks or months– and still reach bent the LEFT, albeit the switch is now on the right . Some people will continue going to the LEFT for the rest of their lives. Some will begin going to the right.

Those people need to be reinforced. Get it?

Motivational corrections if on the right dog won’t frighten them or make them hate you I do know but aren’t there other ways except using the collar which can eventually be established thought training which can allow you to need the collar off and have control?

[Adam Replies] Yeah, this way you’ll take the collar off and have control, ONCE THE DOG IS CONDITIONED. But eventually you’ll need to travel back and reinforce, for several dogs. And definitely, if you start expecting to work the dog around new distractions that it’s never been proofed around, like chickens if the dog has never seen chickens.

Look, I don’t make the principles . The dog isn’t a robot that you simply simply can suddenly say, “He’s done” and expect him to act consistently for the rest of his life. like all relationship you’ve with another person, boundaries need to be established and maintained. The dog is like your wife or husband… they go to eventually test you. 🙂

Last question, how can the dog not realize they don’t have it on since it feels tons different than the buckle? It’s like my id around my neck at school I even have gotten used to it but I do realize when it’s off? just for the record I even haven’t any problem with pinches, many members in my 4-H club use them which they work great on the right dog.

[Adam Replies] Because the way you need to be using the pinch collar is that the dog (since he has limited reason and logic) doesn’t KNOW that it is the pinch collar that allows you to supply him good corrections. But it’s quite the pinch collar. If I put the dog during a variety of small yards, with no collar on … and that I am able to chase him down and make him come to me, if he doesn’t come once I call… then the dog will learn THE UNDERLYING PREMISE that I can make him appear the hay if he doesn’t. So, the pinch collar and thus the long line makes my job easier, but ultimately, the dog knows (or he thinks at least) that I’m an individual of my word and once I tell him to undertake to something: If he doesn’t appear the hay, I’m going to make him appear the hay. And his life is getting to be tons more fun if he does it willingly. therefore the dog starts to extrapolate this principle to other commands, too.

I hope I’m not being irritating I a touch wish to understand why certain trainers value certain methods over others since i actually like competing in obedience with my dog.

[Adam Replies] Keep training.

That’s all for now, folks!
Adam

Summary:

Akeisha wrote to me with some excellent questions. I’ve included her letter (and my responses) below:

Hi,

It’s Akeisha again.

I do see what you mean if it’s on all the time the dog will soon forget it’s on then will behave regardless. Ok, therefore the dog never wears a buckle collar again? this is often what irks me. I would like to be ready to control the dog no matter what collar is on not just the pinch or it might be no collar in the least and therefore the dog still behaves. What if the…

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