TRAINING

Dog Training

The Happy Paw Dog Training company uses independently created methods of specialist dog training.

The psyche of an adult dog can be compared to that of 9 -month baby , it is necessary to constantly repeat the command . A significant part of the training is using repetition when playing with the dog. One must repeat again and again until the dog performs an exercise without hesitation. It is crucial to keep the dog active – don’t let the dog get bored. The elements of “command: – response – revise” must be done very quickly. Another important part of an exercise is playing with a ball.

Rules of Dog Obedience

  1. The dog must react at the same time as hearing or seeing the issued command. You have to beconsistent in enforcing command executions.
  2. The dog is able to understand only clear commands from a balanced guide. The dog will be confusedby changes in its guide’s behavior.

The commands

The commands must be assertive and firm, but not loud. If the dog does not know what the command means you should not repeat it. After the dog exercises correctly you should reward him.

Rewards

  1. Rewards should be mixed and given in various ways (treats, applause, praise or verbal pat) .
  2. When the dog does not perform an exercise correctly, it should be immediately reproached (improved) and then rewarded.

Admonishments

  • Dogs do not understand human concepts of good and evil.
  • Do not allow the continuance an an exercise which has been incorrectly begun.
  • Never scold your dog physically .
  • The verbal command “no”and refusal of reward will be sufficient.
  • Admonishments should be expressed immediately.
  • Never hit or punish the dog with hand or leash.

General methods used in dog training

A Method is defined as a particular way of impacting on the dog’s behaviour with relevant stimuli, in order to develop conditioned reflexes.

  1. Mechanical method is about using mechanical stimuli which are hand pressure or leash stroking to achieve the training goal.

PROS:
This method lets one teach and achieve permanent and satisfactory results in dog activities, behavior and performance, in average conditions. A high level of training can be easily achieved.

CONS:
Lack of opportunity to develop some other but necessary reflexes. Loss of relationship between the guide and the dog. Frequent use of this method, in some cases either triggers negative reactions and distrust of the guide or leads to the passive dog’s response (eg.fear) as well as active form of reaction, like aggressive attacks on guide.

  1. Treat and reward method – here all stimulants are around feeding and treats, without using compulsion. Simuli such as treats or snacks strengthen the conditional stimulus (commands , signs, signals).

PROS:
Rapid emergence and development of conditional reflexes in the dog behaviour. Huge involvement in activities. Consolidation and strengthening of the guide/dog relationship.

CONS:
This method does not provide a satisfactory level of dog activity/participation, especially as intense stimuli distract its attention. Once dog is fed, its concentration may decrease, and its ability to reflex and react are lower. This method makes the training process longer. The method relies on contrast – mechanical joining methods.

  1. Combined method of Mechanical and Treat and Reward Methods Mechanical stimuli stimulates the dog to perform activities as demanded by the guide, while snacks and treats bolster the proceedings.

PROS:
This method causes rapid and permanent maintenance of the dog’s conditional reflexes. A high level of concentration and involvement is kept, and the result is this the dog willingly performing all the tasks. Durable and strong emotional ties between the guide and dog. A dog trained in this method functions reliably in difficult conditions.

  1. Imitation Method can be applied and used in some cases as a supportive method, which is helpful where a dog has difficulties in mastering a particular reflex.

Individual Training

Individual Training fits to suit the needs and expectations of clients. They are offered in the following areas:

  • home socialization
  • good toilet habits
  • refraining from biting
  • furniture and other objects
  • preparation for walking
  • outdoors preparation for vet and grooming visits
  • training of manner controlled
  • play with dog
  • elimination of dog-dog
  • aggression basic commands:
    sit, crouch, heel, no-lead walking, stay (without owner for distance up to 10m) draft dog (pulling dog) training preparation for shows and competitions e.g Obedience and Working Trials Guard dog Watchdog

Group Training

Group training offer (5 weeks cycle)

-Morning training (Mon-Fri)
-Afternoon training (Mon-Fri)
-Week end training

All new group course will be organized sobject to gathering a sufficient number of participants.

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