Best Pet Training | How to Train a Dog with Food Rewards
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There are so many different ways to train dogs that it gets extremely confusing for the new dog owner and the dog. What do you do? What is best for your dog?
Proper pet training is training performed with or without the proper training tools to produce the desired behavior. Improper pet training is training performed with or without the proper or improper training tools, that worsens the dogs’ behavior problem.
Halters: The Question Of Pleasant Or Effectiveness
I would be lying if I said halters are totally comfortable or any method of training but something needs to be used to correct bad behaviors like biting. Sure there are more comfortable pet training tools out there, but what will work best for the problem, is the question that is most important for achieving the proper correction sufficiently.
Another word sure you can choose a more comfortable tool but what is most important is the effectiveness the tool has for that particular problem. And from my own experience, most more comfortable tools and correction methods don’t work much or if they do, it only lasts for a short time depending on the dog. Then the owner has to find another method anyway.
The Halti is a very effective tool because it is not too comfortable or too uncomfortable. It applies the proper amount of correction to get the best and sufficient correction to stop the bad behavior. Halters whether uncomfortable or not, don’t cause pain, so if the end result is a non-biting dog then that’s wonderful to the owner.
Any pet training to a dog is not going to be totally pleasant either physically or mentally or both but this is necessary to correct a dog.
That is what correcting a dog is all about, especially if it is stopping a biting dog. When I state physical corrections, I am not talking about abusive actions. Abusive actions are very improper training and should never be used.
The Jolly Routine and Pavlov Method
The Jolly Routine is not like the Pavlov method because you are doing pet training at the same time and you are diverting the dog’s attention from its current behavior to another more pleasant behavior. Pavlov tricks the mind and we are not tricking the mind into thinking something untrue to the dog naturally.
The Jolly Routine takes what is in the dog naturally and uses an item(s) or a different situation that triggers happiness to train the dog to see the situation to be pleasant.
I’m a Pet trainer who uses food treats or rewards as a last resort because it takes away from the main focus which is you. I feel that food rewards take away from the bond of you and your dog because the dog is only responding to the food and not you. Sure they will obey with food.
They’ll do anything to get the treatment because the food reward is the focus and not the person holding the treat. I believe in focus training through your pure love and affection or rather the bond between you and your dog. This is more powerful than a treat. You want the dog to respond to you and not the treat. To do this, forget the food rewards and start rewarding your dog with your love through lots of petting praise and lots of vocal praise.
This is just my personal opinion. If you still want to use it, then go on ahead. You just won’t find me using it during a dog obedience training lesson unless all other dog training methods have been tried. However, the use of treats in dog shows and for the pure purpose of coaxing and calming the fearful or nervous dog when not in a training session, pet training is a good a way to use food treats. doing pet training at the same time and you are diverting the dog’s attention from its current behavior to another more pleasant behavior
I truly agree with using treats this way. Some dogs, especially the fearful or nervous dogs, won’t have any interest in eating the treat but the sight of it may raise their spirits. Some nervous or shy dogs may not be at all interested in the treats.