Common Tools used in Obedience Training
Many people wonder why they aren’t getting the best results in training their dogs. Training all comes down to the foundations that the owner sets for the dog.
First, one needs the right materials. During the training process either flat leather buckle collars, martingale collars, or a prong collar are often used to get the best correction if needed. A leather lead is often used as well because it is less wear and tear on the owner’s hands though it may not be necessary.
Second, there needs to be a way to show the dog that they are right. This includes items like a clicker, treats, and even verbal praise. A trend seems to be the clicker followed by a tasty treat as the dog quickly picks up on the sound made from the clicker as being correct. Withholding a dog’s meal often creates more desire for the dog to work for treats or even their own food.
Lastly there should be consistency in training. Without consistency the dog is being set up for failure and should not be punished for what they don’t understand. Until the dog clearly understands what a command means it should not receive a correction but instead help to understand the correct behavior.