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Caissie Canine Instruction: K9 Training Tools to Get you Started.



This week we begin with our “K9 Corner with The Chief” entitled NEVER NEVER, SAY IT SAY IT, TWICE TWICE.

 

This is an interesting topic for a K9 training conversation. Simply because many of our clients and even myself may get caught into doing this…. repeating “over and over” the command.

 

Believe it or not but most dogs will identify and recognize a “double or triple” command. Hence the common handler mistake is to repeat their verbal commands repeatedly. If your K9 does not “sit” on the first command, then when you frequently repeat the command until your K9 sits, this becomes a bad training habit that inadvertently teaches your dog to wait patiently until “THEY” decide to sit.

 

Your K9 is teaching you the human to repeat commands until “they” obey. You are also teaching your K9 to conduct the task on the second and third command. After a series of sessions and consistency of this type of training methodology your K9 will be conditioned to do this all the time.

 

The repetition of verbal commands tends to erode good behaviour and obedience. Repeating commands for praise and/or correction should not be done, because most dog associates verbal commands within a second. So, repeating it only results in a delayed response and potential confusion for your K9.

 

Verbal commands must be very timely to be effective. Repeated commands defeat this goal for both the human and the canine.


So, the next time you catch yourself repeating a verbal command, simply smile, and recognize it. Then turn this opportunity into a great training session and next time voice a single command, therefore, to get a positive result/outcome from your K9.

 

Remember EVERYDAY IS A TRAINING DAY.

 

Welcome to Doggie Dialogue

 

There are training tools we recommend for every dog owner. Paul offers all our clients a custom fitted training collar, as collars help with a point of control during training. The collar also allows you to put an identification tag and number should your K9 go missing.


Paul recommends a long line, which allows your K9 additional freedom to explore, yet keeping them safely connected to you.

 

High value dog treats and a treat pouch/bag are recommended by most dog trainers.


Most of our clients do crate training and will have a crate for their dog, as this will provide a safe, secure, and comfortable space for your dog to rest and relax, serving as their own personal sanctuary. Remember dogs are den animals.


Some optional training tools are puppy gates, training mats, food puzzles, or sometimes even a muzzle.

 

Paul always recommends starting your K9 training as early as possible. Early training and socialization are crucial for setting a strong foundation to learn important behaviours and skills.

 

Remember your best training tool is patience. Keep your training sessions short if you are growing frustrated or impatient. Remember to always end your training on a happy note.



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