With Dan Pearson of The Animal Training Academy
When you introduce a new dog into your home, one of the first things that many people think about is getting them trained. By building a routine and improving obedience, it can help keep the peace and create a more pleasant environment for all.
Whether it be a puppy class, a one-to-one session or a DIY approach, it’s important that you understand the training tools on the market and the right way to use them to make training your dog a rewarding and engaging experience.
A clicker is a great tool we can use to mark good behaviour and tell your dog that a reward is on the way, used in the same way as a training whistle. However, a clicker shouldn’t be used to get your dog to come back to you (recall). As the clicker is used for positive reinforcement, a dog will relate its distinct sound with thinking that they have done something good for running away from you – and you are rewarding them for it.
Kong – Treat Ball
A kong or treat dispensing toy is great to give your dog something to do when you’re busy in the house or just as a treat after a positive training session. By keeping them busy and focused on releasing the yummy treats inside, it can stop them getting bored and causing destruction in your home. But if your dog has separation anxiety, don’t give them a treat ball just to pacify your dog when you go out because they will associate it with being left alone and become more distressed.
People believe that a harness will stop a dog pulling on a lead – it doesn’t. Your dog will still want to pull, but the pressure will be on the shoulders and chest instead of their neck. The only way to get your dog to stop pulling is by gaining help from a dog trainer who will teach you how to be the one in control.
If you don’t use these items in the correct way it could have detrimental effects on your dog’s behaviour and more important your relationship with them. At The Animal Training Academy, we work with you to improve knowledge and get the best behaviour from your dog.
At this time of year, it’s great to see daffodils out in the garden.
But make sure that you keep them away from dogs as both the flower and bulb is toxic to dogs and can be fatal if eaten.
For help with any pet problems, visit The Animal Training Academy website where you will find out more details about their services including behaviour consultations and training sessions.