Training

Gentle Leader

TRAINING AIDS: Gentle Leader as an alternative* The Gentle Leader® headcollar finally offers a fast, gentle and effective way to control unwanted behaviour – without harsh methods or devices! Because it’s scientifically designed to work with your dog’s natural instincts, behaviour changes in minutes – not weeks! The Gentle Leader® Behavioural Management System was developed […]

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Toilet Training

‘House Training’ which is of immediate importance. Never chastise your pup for soiling any part of the house. It is up to you to see that it gets the opportunity to regularly relieve itself. Teaching pup to soil on newspaper is a slow approach and should only be used in circumstances where access to outside is […]

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Crate Training

The foundation for crate training is based on the principle that puppies and dogs will avoid soiling in their immediate sleeping/living area. Crate training may also be used to retrain adult dogs as well. It is important that the crate is the right size. If it is too big the puppy or adult dog may soil in […]

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Operant Conditioning

Operant conditioning forms an association between behaviour and a consequence. There are four possible consequences to any behaviour. They are: Positive Reinforcement (R+) Something good can start or be presented, so behaviour increases. Eg. the dog gets a piece of liver for returning when called. A primary positive reinforcer is something that the dog does not have to […]

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Koehler Method

“Reliability off lead should always be the most significant criterion when evaluating and comparing training methods.” – William Koehler In 1910, years before Skinner’s published work on operant conditioning, German dog trainer Colonel Conrad Most wrote Training Dogs, a manual that showed an understanding of operant conditioning. Most began training police dogs and eventually trained […]

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Classical or “Pavlovian” Conditioning

Classical conditioning forms an association between two stimuli. In an experiment, Pavlov presented dogs with food. Then he began ringing a bell just before presenting the food. At first, the dogs did not begin salivating until the food was presented. After a while, however, the dogs began to salivate when the sound of the bell […]

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Eclectic Training

“A trainer’s voice and all parts of his body are instruments of communication, and his techniques and methods are approaches that mold the dog into the companion/worker he seeks. Tools, training approaches and their correct application can give meaning to voice and body language and help these  become a true communicator of ‘punishment’ and ‘reward’ (praise) leading to […]

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