A dog’s behavior is a direct reflection of the ability of the dog handler. We often see handler’s that create problems in their dog and further down the track over correct their dog for the problems they created themselves in training.
One of the most misunderstood areas of dog training is the differences between correcting and motivating the dog and how to find the correct balance between the two.
Determining when corrections or punishment is introduced, what type of correction or punishment to use, and how these are applied determines how effective you training will be.
The wrong kind of corrections, poorly timed corrections, too much or lack of correction will result in inconsistent training and poor communication with our dogs and will hurt a handlers relationship with their dog.
Too many handlers desire the quick fix, or what they think is the only way to control high drive. They resort to incorrect use of correction collars or remote collars on a dog and attempt to force it to comply. This can be produce immediate results, but the problem is that many handlers don’t fully understand the timing and application of this method nor are they correctly reading the dog’s body language and signs of poor training and stress.
Commanding a dog to perform a behavior that it has never been taught to do and then correcting that dog until it does perform that behavior is ineffective training but is also cruel.
There are three reasons why a dog will not comply:
*It does not know what it being asked (Has not been taught)
*It is unable to (Physical or psychological limitations)
*It is refusing too
Over correction of a dog, over use of e-collars or correction collars not only demonstrates poor training ability on behalf of the handler. It also demonstrates a lack of understanding of k9 psychology and communicates to the k9 that their handler is an unfair pack leader. Trust is quickly diminished and in a working dog team, trust in each other is crucial – (try and attempt these methods of “training” with an animal larger and physically stronger such as a stallion or lion and they will quickly see these bullying methods simply don’t work!
A k9 team will plateau in their level of dog training unless they bond, evolve, train at the animal’s level and become a trusted pack leader !!!