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Crate training is a very useful tool for a variety of situations. If you have a new dog or puppy, you can use the crate to limit his access to the house until he learns what he can and can’t chew on and where he can and can’t eliminate. It will also prevent your dog from engaging in unwanted behaviors (like rummaging through the garbage while you’re at the store or in the shower). A crate is a safe way of transporting your dog in the car and gives you the ability to take him places where he can’t run freely. If you properly train your dog to use a crate, he’ll think of it as his safe place and will be happy to spend time there when needed.
Socialization is the developmental process where puppies and adolescent dogs familiarize themselves with their constantly changing surroundings. It is how they work out what is safe and rewarding as opposed to what is dangerous and scary.
Training a dog takes time, understanding, patience, and consistency. Here are a few typical behavior challenges dog pet parents face and some suggestions for managing and solving them.
A dog trainer is someone who trains basic to advanced training cues, teaches a dog polite manners, or trains a dog to participate in different dog sports and activities. A canine behavior consultant focuses on treating behavioral disorders and other issues, such as separation anxiety, noise phobia, aggression, fear, resource guarding, etc. A behavior consultant focuses their education on learning in-depth dog cognition, ethology, and applied behavior analysis.
Think of a trainer you recognize as an expert. Now, think of the characteristics that inspire you to call that person an expert. Is it the person's knowledge, skills, charisma, confidence, reputation, or ... something else? This short article will highlight the most essential characteristics that expert animal trainers exhibit.
Many behaviors that are entirely natural for dogs and cats—like barking or meowing, scratching, biting, digging, chewing, escaping, and running away—can be challenging for some pet parents. Although advice abounds in the form of popular TV shows, books, and well-meaning friends and family, the best and most efficient way to resolve your pet's behavior problems is to seek assistance from a qualified professional.
With the wide variety of dog trainers available and the differing skills and educational levels, you will no doubt encounter diverse opinions when talking to trainers, reading their websites, and getting ideas from former clients, friends, and others. While the internet has been an excellent tool for education, it has also helped propagate many myths about dog training.
To make dog training a safe, productive experience for you and your dog, keep these eleven (11) tips in mind. Remember to practice consistently, and always be patient. Dog training is a process and you can't expect to see results overnight.
There are two types of reinforcement in dog training; positive reinforcement and negative reinforcement. Wait. What about punishment? Proper training does not have room for punishment. In this post we attempt to clarify the differences.
One of the most important concepts that every new pet owner must learn, if they want to become an effective dog trainer, is how to motivate their dog to want to follow commands and participate in training.