You will need:
- Time - 1 hour a day
- A sense of humor
- A strong desire to succeed
- Sometimes called a "chain"
or "choke" collar
- To insure a proper fit, the
collar should slide easily, but
not loosely, over your dog's head. A training collar that is too loose will
not work properly.
- Choose one with wide links - training collars made with thin narrow
chains tend to cut into the dog's neck.
- Don't skimp on quality when choosing a training collar, pick a brand
that is guaranteed against rust and breakage.
- If you have a shy, timid, or very small dog, we may decide to use a
leather collar for training.
- Should fit tightly enough that only 2 fingers will fit between the collar
and your dog's neck. This is a safety precaution. If the collar is too
loose and your dog balks or backs up, a loose collar will slide over your
dog's head and come completely off.
- Depending on the situation, the size, sensitivity, and temperament of
your dog, we may recommend the use of a 'pinch' or 'prong' collar for
- Small dogs and puppies that are shy, timid, very young, or very
submissive may be started with a leather collar. It should fit tightly
enough that the collar cannot accidentally slip off your dog's head.
- Nylon slip collars will not be practical for training as they have a
tendency to get caught in long hair, will heat up with repeated use, and
often do not release properly
- Retractable leashes and chain leashes are not practical for training
- It is very important that your leash be six feet long. A four foot long
leash will not be long enough to teach 'stay' and 'come.'
- Leather is better, but nylon or cotton will do just fine.
- When choosing a leash, find something that feels comfortable in your
hands. Something light and thin will be fine for small dogs, but if you
have a large out of control dog, you will want a leash that will not cut
into your hands.
- A good clasp is very important if you have a big strong dog, or a dog
that pulls hard on the leash.
- When teaching your dog something new, choose a place to work with
your dog where there is a minimum of distractions.
- When practicing commands that your dog already knows, choose a
place with many temptations and distractions so that you can reinforce
- A large area is nice, but all you really need is enough room to walk
with your dog at your side.
- As soon as your dog knows and understands a command, begin to use it
as part of your dog's daily life. Do not, however, overwhelm your dog
with obedience, especially in the beginning.
- For puppy classes, treats are a great asset, but for the basic
obedience training, I do not recommend the use treats as part of the
- This is because too often the dog learns right away to only perform if
there is a treat involved.
- When dogs are stressed or nervous, when they are excited about new
sounds and smells, when there is the distraction of other dogs and new
people, or if your dog is timid or shy, they are not the least bit
interested in even the most savory of treats.
- Also, the goal is for the dog to obey you, and listen to you because
they love and respect you, not because there's something in it for them.
Copyright 2004, Shirley Gibson
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