Dog Training Techniques
Which one is for you and your dog?

Dog training techniques are the way you train your dog.  By all means, we want to keep training positive and upbeat.  But what if your dog is too excited by upbeat and positive?  What if a little bit of praising puts them over the edge, sending them into an ecstatic frenzy of jumping for joy?

What if your dog is a very picky eater and turns their nose up at training treats?

And what if your dog is afraid of clickers and loud noises? 

You must search for an alternate training technique.  One method does not address all the different behavior problems or scenarios that can be encountered when training your dog.

Note:  Not all training techniques work for all situations, dogs, and their owners.  You must decide if you have the timing skills, patience, determination and your dog's personality is suited for a certain technique.  If you have any questions about your dog's temperament or if a technique will work for you; please contact a dog trainer in your area.

Clicker training is one technique that has grown in leaps and bounds.  This method is more commonly being used to train all sorts of animals.  But, it has it limits.  Although it's beginning to catch on it all disciplines of training, there are some areas where it's not commonly used.  Hunting and protection dogs are two such disciplines.

Treat training is a method that's been used by obedience competitors for years.  Treats along with praise and repetition are what earns titles.  Sometimes though, treats don’t stop your dog from chasing things.

Flooding your dog with certain scary events is another technique used for training.  If you are around something all the time, in large doses, it becomes normal and less fearful.  It's a common technique used to help people overcome certain phobias.

Desensitizing is a technique that is like flooding, but in little doses from far away and then gradually increasing the amount of the fearful item or noise until the there is no more fearful reactions.

Ignoring your dog is one of the few dog training techniques that many people don't realize.  As funny as that may sound, it really involves a little more than that.  I'm certainly not talking about neglect here.  Ignoring behavior, like jumping up to be petted, will cease if you ignore your dog for jumping up and then petting your dog when all of his paws are on the ground. 

Booby-trapping is another method.  If your dog likes to steal things and you can't catch him in the act, setting your dog up to have an unpleasant experience with that behavior may be enough to stop it. 

A prime example would be a dog that gets into the trash can for food.  If the can is "booby-trapped" to produce a scary noise, then your dog will learn that garbage cans are scary and she'll stay away from them. 

Of course, this could also cause your dog to be afraid of garbage cans and you have another problem on your hand.

Traditional training is a technique based on correcting your dog for the wrong behavior and praising them for the right behavior.  Corrections can be given using a chain collar or your voice.

Remote training when using an electronic collar (or E-collar) is another method for training your dog at a distance.  If you’re dog needs to be off-leash in a field, but takes to chasing deer, a treat won’t bring them back.  If you can interrupt that chasing with a mild electric shock, you can start restart the training on a more positive note.

Again, I really must emphasize that each dog is different and so are you!  I believe that all training has the potential to be helpful as well as harmful.  It needs to be applied correctly (your skill) and your dog has to show a positive response to it (it works without causing more problems).

Using several dog training techniques can be helpful in creating an all-around great dog!

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