Canine Behavior Training
Canine behavior training covers every aspect of canine education -from the species specific responses that are inherent to canines, to learning theory and operant conditioning, to traditional training methods. When these training techniques are properly implemented, most people notice results immediately (see testimonials). A well mannered pet is now within your reach, all you need to do is optimally structure your pet's environment.
Canine behavior training involves teaching life skills, such as preventing aggression problems, and how to properly interact with others and the environment without undue stress. At some point in time all of us dog owners need to administer some dog behavior training. This is sometimes called "behavior modificaton" and it basically means solving your dog's behavior problems.
The vast majority of behavior problems that are presented to me are the result of inappropriate communication, over-permissiveness (spoiling) and/or anthropomorphism (treating the dog as it were a human). Other times, problems are simply the result of unfortunate relationship dynamics. Fortunately, most of these problems are resolvable with some education and work on the part of the owner.
Canine behavior can sometimes be directed and controlled by obedience training
Behavior training is the means to resolving behavioral issues. Obedience training cannot accomplish behavior modification. In fact, teaching obedience commands to solve a behavioral problem can and often does get in the way of helping the dog resolve his or her problem. For instance, if a dog is stressed or anxious in a given context, forcing him to perform some obedience exercise sit, lay down, whatever, can add to the stress or anxiety. That, in turn, does nothing to change the stress or anxiety he may have within that context and leaves the dog with the same behavioral problem. Or, if your dog is doing something you do not like, having him down-stay may stop the behavior at that time, but again, it does nothing to address the behavior or its possible cause.
Obedience training can give you the control needed to prevent a number of potential life threatening situations. For example: If the door is left open and you see your dog letting himself out, you can safely call him back using your recall command. Or if your dog slips his collar, you can command him to sit (he can't run off when he's sitting) to get the collar back on, etc. Obedience Training can also serve to strengthen the bond between you. It builds understanding, mutual respect, and teaches you how to "speak dog."
Although the benefits of obedience training are many, it has little to do with behavior modification. For example, if your dog is in the habit of running off, your recall command may stop and return the dog to you, however, the recall command does nothing to address the running off in the first place. Or, if your dog is aggressive, you may be able to "call the dog off" but again, it does nothing to address the aggression or its possible cause. If your dog is fearful of something and you can get him to sit or lay down, it will not change the dog's fear response.
Your pet's problems are often a direct result of the animal's inability to cope with the stress of everyday life in the human world. The purpose of behavior training is to show a dog how to live with humans, without stress, and still remain a dog.
Canine and human behavior should not be confused with each other.
The response patterns and intellect of a dog is very different from that of humans, although we do share some common traits. One of these traits is the drive to form close social groups with strong bonds to significant others. This bonding can be thought of as a kind of love. Even though this type of bonding is a natural trait in both canines and humans, we must avoid endearing our pets with human emotions.
To appreciate your dog fully, correct problem dog behavior, and ensure a devoted, well trained animal, you have to speak his language! Almost everyone needs help of some kind with their pet. And usually a few simple things will make all the difference in your life. Stop pulling your hair out, living in an "armed camp," or putting up with paw prints on furniture and clothes. Understanding how dogs think and learn will help you clearly communicate with your dog in a calm, relaxed manner. With just a little patience, you’ll be amazed at how quickly you’ll start to see results. Every time you interact with your dog is a training opportunity. I'll show you how to incorporate training into your everyday activities with your dog - because ongoing practice is important for a lifetime of good behavior. And clear communication is the key to having a great relationship with your dog.
Solving your dogs behavior problems
Many behavior problems (such as barking, biting and digging) stem from a lack of communication, or miscommunication between you the owner and your dog. Simply put, your dog is not aware of what is expected of him.
Set boundaries of acceptable and unacceptable behavior for your dogs, and stick to them. Be consistent, make it simple for your dog
- Be clear that you are always the alpha dog or leader in your owner-dog relationship.
- Make it clear to him what is unacceptable behavior - every time.
- Make it clear to him what is acceptable behavior - every time.
Even though it may seem as though your dog is behaving poorly to spite you or annoy you this is not the case. In the vast majority of dog behavior problems there will be a cause or trigger which sparks the behavior. Identifying these triggers is the crucial first step towards solving the problem.
Be careful you are not inadvertently rewarding the very behavior you are trying to eliminate. An example of this would be if your dog is barking excessively outside, you then go to the door and yell at him or just strongly tell him to stop barking. You're encouraging and rewarding the behavior, and therefore he is sure to do it again. He doesn't understand your words, so he thinks you are barking with him.
Canine Behavior Training Can Make An Enormous Difference To Your Dog's Life
It's a sad fact of life that the vast majority of dogs that end up in animal shelters (or worse) are there because of a bad behavioral problem. It doesn't have to be this way, most problems (like aggression and destructive behavior) are at the very least manageable, through proper dog behavior training.
If you consistently apply the proper training techniques and add some commitment and patience, you are sure to achieve pleasing results with your dog.
To solve behavior problems one must employ a sound Behavior Training program, provided by a qualified behaviorist, or behavior specialist. Obedience training, although important, has little to nothing to do with behavior modification and should not be utilized to try and solve behavior problems. You must address the underlying reasons/causes of the behavior itself or any training may fail or make the problem worse. I you understand and work to address the root of the problem in an educated, consistent, clear, and humane manner, you will be rewarded with an enjoyable companion for years to come.
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Canine Behavior Training is the means to resolving behavioral issues. The purpose of behavior training is to show a dog how to live with humans, without stress, and still remain a dog.
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