The main thing to remember with a disobedient dog is that the results of their behavior are often just as upsetting to them as it is to you. Although they may enjoy being disobedient, they usually don’t enjoy their punishment. Obedience training can not only make your life easier but also the life of your dog. In this article, we will be going over how to make your dog very obedient.
We will be touching on a number of different training methods from a number of different sources. This is because we honestly believe that there is no one method trains all solution to dog training. This is not just down to the dog but also the owner. Some dog owners will be better suited to one method while others to a different one.
How To Make Your Dog Very Obedient
There are two main training methods used in obedience training right now. These are positive reinforcement and correction based training with a blend of the two becoming increasingly popular. Positive reinforcement is based around rewarding good behavior in your dog with treats or physical and verbal praise. Correction based training is based on punishing bad or unwanted behavior in your dog. Many people instantly think of screaming at or hurting their dog with this but this is not true. Some correction based trainers will punish bad behavior by placing the dog in the basement as a timeout or something similar.
The debate rages between dog owners and dog trainers as to what method is better but there is no solid answer. The extremely well received and popular book Your Way to Train a Well-Behaved Dog is considered the best of both worlds. It covers a number of factors both owner and breeds specific to help you come up with the optimum training type. There are a number of factors you have to take into consideration before deciding on what route to take. The main two being the owner’s temperament and the breed of the dog.
Some owners just aren’t suited to some training methods. The same goes for some dog breeds. If the dog has been bred for a specific task such as hunting, guarding or pulling then they are usually strong-willed. For example, the following eight dog breeds are considered the hardest to train with positive re-enforcement.
- Siberian Husky
- Jack Russell Terrier
- Chinese Shar-Pei
- Tibetan Mastiff
- English Bulldog
The following is a list of the top eight breeds that are considered the easiest to train with positive re-enforcement.
- Golden Retriever
- Labrador Retriever
- Australian Shepherd
- German Shepherd
- Australian Cattle Dog
- Doberman Pinscher
- Miniature Schnauzer
Different Types Of Specialized Dog Training
The book helps the reader understand the best training path for them and their dog breed. It does this by pointing out a few common human characteristics to help you understand your best fit. The natural inclinations of your dog are also taken into account to use them to your advantage. As well as teaching various obedience commands it also goes into how to train your dog tricks.
Although Cesar Millan is a world renowned dog trainer in his own right, a number of other trainers theories and methods are also in the book. These trainers include Dr Ian Dunbar, Bob Bailey, Joel Silverman, Mark Harden, and Martin Deeley.
A Training Resource For Training Your Puppy
Many of the techniques in this book have been developed over the past forty plus years by Dr Dunbar. He also includes a list of various dog training commands and hand signals that are proven to work.
Focusing on the prevention is better than cure philosophy. The book focuses on training your dog to be obedient from a very young age and getting rid of bad behavior in childhood.
What To Do If Positive Dog Training Doesn’t Work
Many people ask this question. Due to various tv shows and books correction based training has been demonized. People think that correction based training is all about hitting your pet or screaming at it. This simply is not the case, those methods have been proven to less efficient than positive re-enforcement or modern correction training methods.
British dog trainer Victoria Stilwell has been leading the way with modern correction based training methods. She has her own TV show, It’s Me Or The Dog as well as a number of popular books. Both of the below videos are from her TV show and display modern, humane correction based training being successfully used.
Positive Reinforcement vs Correction Based Training
Although it takes a number of attempts, the dog begins to associate being sent to the basement with its negative behaviour. In turn the dog begins to adjust its behaviour pattern to what the owners desire.
Dog Psychology, Positive Reinforcement and Correction Based Training Working Togeather
Dog psychology has also become a viable training aid to help with training your dogs. The below video is a good example of how dog psychology can be used in addition to other techniques. The dog’s pack mentality of dominant pack members eat first is leveraged during training. The correction based training method of removing the dog’s meal when bad behavior is displayed is deployed. Finally, verbal positive reinforcement is used when the dog waits for its meal.