Many catchFred readers may be confused when they review the various dog training methods from which they can choose after they have acquired a new pet. If you are like most animal lovers, you are concerned about the health and well-being of your dog, and take him or her for regular vet visits, as well as properly oversee the animal’s nutrition. However, when it comes to training, you have probably discovered that opinions vary from one expert to the next, making it difficult to decide which method is truly best for dogs. The answer likely depends on the type of dog or puppy you own, and his or her individual personality.
Choosing a Training Technique
From corrections that are based on dominance theory, to the use of clickers or choke chains, you have a wide variety of techniques from which to choose. For this reason, as mentioned above, it is wise to take your dog’s personality into consideration prior to deciding which training method is best. For example, sensitive dogs often respond better to positive reinforcement than traditional techniques, but for stubborn or aggressive dog breeds, it may be just the opposite. The following are some facts about traditional training, which is a good place to start for those who are having trouble deciding.
Traditional Dog Training Methods
Traditional canine training methods use corrections in lieu of rewards to teach a puppy or dog the difference between appropriate and inappropriate behavior. This technique is modeled after the way a female dog corrects her puppies when they miss behave. Some examples of how this is accomplished include verbal corrections, such as saying “no” in a sharp tone, leash pops, and physical corrections such as a moderate swat with a thin role of newspaper. Electronic collars are sometimes used by traditional trainers, which transmit a slightly uncomfortable shock when the dog is becoming aggressive or headed toward danger. However, catchFred fans who feel that traditional methods are not offering the best results should consider exploring other options. Check back soon for information about alternative training techniques.