new pup- Opportunity to Train

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new pup- Opportunity to Train

Post by Sharon » Sun Oct 30, 2022 4:01 pm

AN OPPORTUNITY TO TRAIN ( by gonehuntin")

"If our hunting dog is also our house dog, we are given 1,440 opportunities each day to train that dog. Those are the number of minutes in one day and every minute we are with that dog is provides an opportunity to train that dog. It is a tremendous advantage, when done correctly, that every Pro wishes they had, but none do. There are a few basic steps to follow that will make the training process easier and faster, and more enjoyable for both you and the pup.

1. Be consistent. Every time you issue a command, use the same word for the command and enforce that command in the same manner. If you get lazy and let a pup slip a command in the house, he’ll slip it in the field. It will be your fault, you have taught him to do it.

2. Don’t be a nag. One word, one command, one time, one enforcement. Enforcement is not a dirty word. Enforcement can be a word, a tug on the collar, a slap on the butt. It should rarely with a pup, ever be severe. Remember, puppy’s are baby’s too.

3. For every command given, the dog must be released. I like OK though a lot of people don’t. It doesn’t matter what the release command is, as long as the dog is not allowed to go from a command to a different activity on his own. Every thing the dog does should be on command, unless he’s playing in a fenced yard.

4. NO! It is the first command a pup should learn and the most important. NO! You can’t run away. NO! You can’t eat Mama’s slipper. NO! you can’t take a sandwich off the counter. No is the only command that should be reinforced with pressure. A slap on the butt never hurt any pup but a slap on the nose can and will create had shyness.

5. Never but never, drag a pup. Move the pup with coaxing and gently tugs of the check cord.Those tugs will later easily transfer to taps with the electric collar. Every hunting dog should be an electric collar trained dog. It may and probably will some day, save his life and save you a world of frustration.

6. Biting. Ouch! Never! Never let a pup bite you and to this rule there are no exceptions. Play biting now MAY become dominance biting later. Getting bit hurts. Even in play, when pup bites, pinch his upper jowls against his sharp little canines and command NO!. I can’t stress how important this is.

7. Squeaky toys. Pup’s love them, I hate them, if they squeak. They feel like a bird and also sound like a bird or animal in distress when bitten or squeezed. If you want to create a hard mouthed dog later, a squeaky toy now may do it. I take either a knitting needle or awl and puncture the squeaker, thereby rendering it squeak-less. Letting pup carry them around is fine, it will promote retrieving desire later. Just don’t let them crush and squeak.

8. Work with multiple commands, never just one. If you only teach a pup a single command, that command will become his default response. For example, if the first or only command you teach the pup is “HERE”, then when you begin “WHOA” the pup will automatically come to you because “HERE” has become his default response. Work on multiple commands at the same time. HERE, WHOA, KENNEL, NO, HEEL. Mix them up as
you play with the pup and he will not develop default responses. It is easy to mix HERE,
HEEL and WHOA together as you walk pup around the yard on a leash.

9. Never lose your temper. A harsh word can be as devastating as a hard slap. Train in an
even voice and move in smooth motions. Harsh words and fast motions scare a pup and
can result in a bad training attitude.

10. Always, always, have the pup under control. In the house, outside, at play, the pup always wears a check cord. If a pup is never given an opportunity to disobey, performing correctly will become habit. If a pup gets away with something once, guaranteed, he’ll try it again. You can’t have a pup under control if it has the run of the house. Either kennel him or keep him on a check cord. It will reduce damage in the house and make housebreaking much faster and easier.

There you go. Those are ten steps that probably every professional trainer follows and it’s why their dog’s are so happy and reliably trained. Every well trained dog is the result of consistency in training."

from forum member gonehuntin'
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