Role of Dog Supplies in Training Your New Pet

Filed in Dog Products, Dog Training on August 21, 2018

Dog Skills List

Dogs are playful pets that want to play with and please their owners. They also benefit from mental stimulation and challenges.  Dogs play various roles in human society. Some include hunting, drug and bomb-sniffing, guard and security, herding, search and rescue or, and those that are companions to people with physical disabilities.

Special Purpose Canines

Dog Skills ListThose professional dogs that are “working” dogs might require special training aids or, harnesses like the police dogs or, K9 units, as these dogs are trained to disarm and capture criminals and carry a highly sharpened skills list. During training, trainers wear suits or bite sleeves to protect themselves. Trainers who work with these dogs have a much different range of tools and methods to what most dog owners have and need.

For example, some trainers use an electronic remote training system.  This is a weather-proof system which includes a collar (fitted with a signal receiver) and a transmitter that is used to transmit a signal in the form of an ultrasonic frequency, vibration or, a minor shock. Using these system, a dog trainer can change or even stop a behavior since they can bring positive results and are highly efficient in removing bad behavioral patterns replacing them with new commands.  It should be noted that methods such as these should be left to professional dog trainers.

Obedience training is a solid foundation that is needed no matter what skill set a dog is destined for.  Most vets run puppy preschools and basic obedience training programs.  There are also plenty of resources available in print and online.

Daily Required Common Devices

Pet shops, as well as online pet product suppliers, sell dog training supplies that assist with training, positive interaction, and reinforcement.  A bag of your dog’s favorite treats that can be given in small quantities will do the trick.   We have found that breaking up some dog jerky into small pieces, a verbal ‘good boy!’ and a pat does the trick.  If you want to mix it up and try new tools and treats, then we say why not?  The aim of reward-based training is to positively reinforce good behavior and build trust between you and your dog.

Understanding your dog

To efficiently train one’s dog, one must understand the true nature of dogs, their unique dog skills list and the reason they behave the way they do. As soon as the owner realizes the reason behind the dog being such a good pet and grasps their willingness to be trained, the actual training becomes lucid and smooth. Getting to understand what the dog means after urinating and then prowling around can be the source of success in naturally training the pet and gradually turning it into a happy family member.

Since dogs are social creatures, they enjoy staying with us. They enjoy most when they live in a group. As a new puppy gets into a home, it tries to feel secure in his role and understand the rules. As in the wild, there is a dominant dog that overlooks and directs the movements of the pack and decides what is acceptable within it. Similarly, in the human world, a leader is essential for a dog, or else, it assumes that role. But a happy puppy is always aware of the leader.

Task

Dog Skills ListFrom the day a puppy comes home, there should be clear distinctions between acceptable behavior and what is unacceptable. The puppy focuses on the praiseworthy behaviors for repetition, and the responses that call for punishment are avoided. But, if this uniformity between the dos and don’ts are not maintained, the puppy will invariably become confused.

A first simple task is to show consistently who is in control.  In other words, who is the leader in this ‘pack’.  Simple desires, like a puppy’s willingness and curiosity to run through the door by flinging it open when going for a trip will come up. They will be overwhelmed with excitement or curiosity from time to time.  It is up to you, the leader of the pack to teach them what the proper process is no matter how excited they are about something.  For example, when leaving the house, they aren’t to walk out the front door before you.  This also helps make them feel secure.  They start to understand their role, their expectations and feel secure and safe within those boundaries.  Another example is while taking a walk.  The human leads first, and the dog follows beside.

Old Socks and New Socks

Dogs learn and apply their skills in different ways to humans.  This is where the ‘old socks and new socks’ lesson comes in.  Giving an old sock to a puppy for chewing might be accepted, but, the puppy might not be able to distinguish between an old sock and a new one. Instead, the puppy might even be amazed by the fact that it is acceptable to chew on one sock and not on another. Establishment of strict and clear principles is, therefore, necessary to avoid perplexity for the puppy.

Long-term memory isn’t a dog’s greatest asset.  They tend to live in the here and now.  This is why when it comes to punishment and reward, it should be done immediately.  A punishment or reward hours later will be associated with what they are doing now, not what they were doing (or not doing) hours before.

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