Obedience classes with their endless repetitions are considered by many owners to be boring and almost useless. And this is fundamentally wrong. The main task of any training is to achieve dog handling. On the one hand, this is the path to taming the beast, on the other, the development of the body and psyche of the dog, and on the third, the birth and strengthening of that incredibly beautiful and strong mutual feeling that combines love, devotion and responsibility. It should be remembered that neglect of the problem of handling dogs of large breeds is fraught with terrible consequences, and if a dog of this size gets out of control, it can be deadly for both the owner and others.
It is very good if you started training a dog from the “kindergarten” age (see “Initial Puppy Education”). If at the age of 5–6 months the puppy has already mastered the basic commands, then in the future you just have to hone the trainer’s skills, ensuring that the commands are executed “cleanly” the first time and under any conditions.
For the initial stage of training, it is enough that the puppy is more or less able to walk on a leash, stop, sit down and lie down on your orders, know your place in the house, show endurance for several minutes on the command “Wait!”, Approach the trainer on the command “ To me! ”, And also know the prohibiting command“ Fu! ” (“It is impossible!”). Additional skills include apportioning, the ability to overcome various obstacles, the preparatory stage for the next job (the “Sniff!” And “Look!” Teams), as well as some elements of the protection course (“Fas!” And “Give!” Teams).
The initial training of the puppy is very difficult to overestimate. For example, dogs that have not mastered the movement at the trainer’s left foot require a tougher approach when practicing the “Next!” Command in order to wean them from jerking or pulling on a leash. Domestic dogs, loaded, not overcoming age-related obstacles in childhood, will cause much pain to their owners when learning to work on an obstacle course. You may have to interest the animal in a personal example, moving in front or along with the dog through all the obstacles.
Key points of obedience training Puppies that were not originally accustomed to endurance learn a long time to work. Special patience, perseverance, restraint require wayward and high-energy dogs. For example, they get used to execute the “Sit!” Command only crouching for a second and again jump up to behave at their own discretion. Puppies that have not been played with when throwing a toy are extremely difficult for the Aport! Team to learn. To train such dogs, one has to use the following methods: forcibly put a stick in the mouth and force the dog to hold it; specially “revive” the aport item with a rope tied to it or run with the dog after an abandoned wand.
Often young dogs execute commands inattentively and with laziness, as if doing a favor to the owner. However, with the right approach, even the most wayward dog can work more energetically and clearly – it all depends on the trainer. Let me remind you once again that dogs of service breeds are very smart and know how to understand people. If you are satisfied with the careless performance of the exercise, then your pet will demonstrate this to you. However, if you want the dog to do everything actively and cheerfully, then you, as a trainer, should work energetically, not stinting praise and persistently correcting the mistakes of your ward. This is how you teach your dog to work and get what you want.
The course of obedience reveals the entire personality of the dog. And for this, the entire training program based on a number of key points should be carefully developed. One of them is constancy. The dog, which is constantly corrected and corrected with incorrect actions, learns faster and works more stable than in the case of unsystematic, inconsistent or delayed stimulation by the trainer. Consistency is inseparable from timeliness.
Representatives of service breeds are large and strong animals, so it would be a mistake to think that for training such giants only brute strength and hard pressure are needed. This is fundamentally wrong. All dogs respond to patience, perseverance, love and praise. Timeliness in everything related to encouragement and correction is more important than a forceful approach. If too much time passes between the action of the dog and your reaction to it, the effect of training will be zero.
The necessary elements of hasty training are also energy and enthusiasm, necessary primarily for maintaining the dog’s attention and as a positive motivation. Classes can not be carried out sluggishly and boringly, as, however, and tear off their irritation on the dog.
Key points of obedience training It happens so that dogs engaged in the group method under the guidance of an instructor recognize human leadership only on a training site.