When we train & handle dogs, we establish pack hierarchy or being a pack leader through obedience. Dog training is communicating with your dog, so when we learn handling skills or training skills, we learn communication skills.
Dog Training Concepts - Part 1
We are patient, consistent, assertive & have clearly defined goals in each training session. We know what we want to accomplish & we build our training piece by piece.
This is an accurate term for how I train & I learned the concept in 1985 while I was in Germany.
The foundation of our training here at GatorlandK9 is the most important & should be as solid as possible.
As a professional trainer, I train a lot of dogs every week. If I take out between 3-6 dogs for morning obedience, they are at different levels of building. If I have a completely green dog, I have a different goal than one who is more advanced.
The first thing I work on is making the dog focus on me for obedience; there are different methods to accomplish getting the dog to focus on the handler. Some people use food & some the ball.
Many times, environmental stress or distractions will make it difficult to get a dog or puppy to focus. I want my dogs to focus on me quickly.
I use a technique called Following.
Dog Training Concepts - Part 2: The Theory of Following