Wednesday, April 29, 2009
There are many theories on dog training from the pack leader-type style of Cesar Millan (the Dog Whisperer, if you're one of the few folks who haven't heard of him) to the advocates of only using reward based training.
However, the training I most often see owners use with their dogs everyday goes something like this:
"Sit, Fido. I said sit. Sit now. Sit! SIT!"
Fido complies or not, depending upon how he feels at the moment, or if he wants the treat held in his owner's hand.
Repeating commands over and over is an easy trap to fall into. I admit to being as guilty as anyone else of it until a trainer told me something that made a lot of sense. The only behavior that repeating commands taught the dog was that he didn't have to obey until he heard it at least 12 times (if then).
I've learned to say the command only once, and then if necessary, gently "assist" the dog to the desired result. After this comes praise/reward.
It really does help! Good dog!