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Understanding The Principles In Training A Dog

Sep 5, 2008
By the time you finish reading this article, you will be equipped with the knowledge on how you can train your pet dog to be more obedient. I am sure you have thought of hiring a dog trainer for your pet dog, due to unsuccessful attempt of training it before but I am sure after reading this article you can train your dog successfully. So, what are you waiting for? Let's proceed.

I am sure you have tried and tested a lot of methods and techniques to train you pet dog. However, you have to remember one thing. You cannot expect your pet dog to listen to you the first time you command it. Why? well, you need to understand and know your pet dog. In other words, you need to have an understanding with your dog. That way, you can train it properly.

So what are the first steps? Simple. For new dog owners, you have to remember these three principles. They are: reinforcement, punishment and extinction. By understanding these three simple principles, you will be on your way to training your dog to be more obedient.

What exactly is reinforcement? Reinforcement is the dog's behavior towards the trainer. There are only two outcomes: the dog either behaves better or worse. Let us dissect reinforcement into 2 categories. They are: positive reinforcement and negative reinforcement.

Positive reinforcement is about giving rewards or praise. If your dog behaves or obeys you, then you reward or praise your pet. This good behavior remains because the dog understands it will be rewarded for as long as it listens to or behaves itself.

Negative reinforcement is where the trainer removes an unpleasant situation to make the dog obey. Let's take teaching a dog how to sit for example. If you want to teach a dog how to sit, you put pressure on the collar and release the pressure once the dog obeys you.

Another principle that is used in dog training is the punishment principle. This is can be about positive punishment or the negative punishment. Positive punishment is where the trainer does something unpleasant and the dog's negative behavior decreases. While on the other hand, negative punishment is about taking away something that the dog really likes or enjoys and the behavior is diminished or eliminated.

The last principle we are going to talk about is the extinction principle. Extinction is about total elimination of a behavior. This happens when a certain behavior is not reinforced and thus, resulting it to be eliminated or extinct. For example, your dog keeps whining but you keep your stand and not allow it to have its way. Your pet dog will learn that whining will do him no good so it stops.

Believe me, once you start to apply this knowledge, you dog would be more obedient. All you need now is one more important knowledge. Some people may think that positive reinforcement is the best way to train a dog. However, you have to remember that it may work for some dogs and it might not work for other dogs. Sometimes, you may need a combination of principles too! One thing to remember, you need to asses your dog's behavior prior to any training. Lastly, good luck!
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