TRAINING FOR A BETTER RELATIONSHIP
The relationship you build with
your dog should be the main focus of any training program. When teaching something new, if your dog is failing repeatedly here are 6 steps
1.Take a training step back to
something a little easier where he was successful.
2. Your dog should succeed at a specific behavior at
least 80% of the time before you ask for something additional.
For example, say your dog does a perfect stay for 30
seconds but then you move the duration up to a minute
and a half with poor results. Go back to the 30 second
stay, and when you have consistent success, raise it
to 45 seconds, and then 60, etc, with success at each
step before moving on.
3. Be sure to highly reward positive outcomes consistently
and ignore mistakes.
good articless are by Dr. Ian Dunbar,
a veterinarian, animal behaviorist,
and writer. He received his veterinary
degree and a Special Honors degree
in Physiology & Biochemistry
from the Royal Veterinary College
(London University) and a doctorate
in animal behavior from the Psychology
Department at the University of
California in Berkeley, where he
spent ten years researching olfactory
communication, the development of
hierarchical social behavior, and
aggression in domestic dogs. He has
been lecturing to veterinarians and
dog clubs for over thirty years.
In fact, since 1986 he has conducted
over 800 days of seminar and workshop
for trainers and veterinarians around
the world. There are very few educated
trainers who have not been strongly
influenced by Dr. Dunbar's fun & games,
dog friendly dog training.
has played a major role in helping
develop the dog training and behavior
field over the past 25 years. I am
grateful that Dr. Dunbar gave his permission
to reprint some of his articles here.
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