Most any dog owner knows the importance of a well-trained dog. Professional dog training can get pretty expensive. For those with budget constraints, dog training can still be accomplished by way of the pet owner. It is important however, if you decide to train your canine, that you devote a great deal of time researching the proper techniques to ensure the overall health of your pet. Sometimes a rather challenging feat, dog training can seem endless and daunting. Finding the perfect combination of supplies used during training can expedite the entire process greatly.
Prior to even beginning your training adventure, be sure you have the appropriate amount of time to dedicate to training your pet. Training sessions may last well over an hour on a daily basis. Also, it’s equally important to pick a training destination, whether that be in your own backyard or that of a nearby park. For an excellent source of training manuals and guides try the internet. You are able to download articles and even watch a variety of training videos. There are several online training programs you could join as well. Locally, you could visit a pet shop in your area for training kits. When purchasing your training supplies, take careful consideration and do comparison shopping. You’ll want the best bang for your buck. Factor in price, usefulness and performance levels.
Of course, the first tool necessary for dog training is a dog collar. They have a wide selection of dog collars categorized by size and breed. Try to keep your eye on the leather and nylon collars. Also available are electronic collars. To most they seem dangerous and a method of negative dog training, however manufacturers maintain their stance of them being perfectly safe. Because of the electrical impulse sent from the collar to your dog, the trainer is provided with lessened efforts of training. Using the same negative training theory, barking collars are on the market as well. The electronic training tools aid in controlling excessive barking by sounding of a high pitch shrill or siren. Both types of electronic collars have a pretty high price tag. A leash is another tool used for training purposes. This keeps the animal closer to the owner/trainer. Other potential training purchases could include harnesses, toys, treats, whistles and bells and clickers. Each of your supplies will depend on your training methods or techniques.
Most trainers will use positive reinforcement during training. Also called the reward system, dogs are praised and often given treats when positive behavior is displayed. On the opposite side of the coin, misbehavior’s should not be punished. The punishment is seen by the dog in the lack of reward.
It’s been said younger pups are easy and fast to train, opposite their elders. Puppies have not had time to develop habitual behaviors that need to be broken. Instead you are given the opportunity to train them the right way from the beginning. This does mean older canines cannot be effectively trained. Although they require a longer straining period and more effort, training can be achieved.
The biggest key to successful dog training is the combination of training supplies and owner devotion. You don’t have to purchase everything known to man. Just a few tools to aid in training are perfectly adequate. Remember to read up on dog training, as this is not a simple task, and your efforts will soon be rewarded with a well trained dog.