Dog training techniques?
What is your option on clicker training, traditional dog training, and their methods? What methods do you use to train your dog?
- 1 decade agoFavourite answer
I use primarily clicker training now. There are still No's when needed, but few and far between.
The dogs learn faster, love working, retain much much better, its amazing. Training schools for seeing eye dogs are even switching over to clicker training, and if those dogs mess up it could mean serious injury or worse for their handlers. That says something about the method.
How well do dogs retain things? I'm sure there are much better examples, but my best example right now is a beagle I worked with last winter. We worked on basic obedience, loose leash walking and a few tricks. The dog aced everything, in fact his owner was so amazed that I'd gotten the dog lie down on cue that he grabbed his phone to call his son. Then he remembered Oh yeah he's in school. lol
More than 6 months later another dog came into the picture. There were some issues so I was called into consult. I met the owner in the driveway and started talking about the new dog. After a minute or two the beagle appeared in the window "baying". When I finally made my way inside I was told that the beagle had been in a dead sleep, heard my voice woke up and began running the length of the house howling. As soon as he saw me walk in the door he was so excited he ran through everything we'd ever worked on rapid fire without me even directly looking at him let alone cueing one single behavior.
Another trainer has a story about a lab. She goes all over the place giving seminars on training. At one seminar there was a lab. She had a break so she started clicking this lab for various behaviors. Nothing much really, just silly things. She didn't see that dog for at least another year. When she did see him again, he went through every behavior she'd clicked the first time they'd met.
I've used chokes, prongs etc. I don't really need to anymore. There are better ways.Source(s): Own a dog training business APDT member AKC CGC Evaluator Mentor Trainer for ABC Will be heading up the behavioral dept. for a new shelter in my area
- Anonymous4 years ago
I'm a balanced trainer so I use a bit of everything. I start puppies out using mostly positive reinforcement and operant conditioning. As the puppy gets older and understands the commands, I start adding distractions and corrections.I feel that most successful trainers follow this same plan. I don't use any one method. I make the method fit the dog instead of making the dog fit the method. Clicker training is fine but too many people have no idea as to what they are doing when they use it. It takes timing. All to often I see people clicking for the wrong reason because there timing is off. I've seen aggressive dogs become more aggressive because the owner is clicking (rewarding) for the aggressive behavior instead of calm behavior. Then there are some dogs that are scared of the clicker. Personally, I use a marker word instead of a clicker. I can take my marker anywhere with me. I have a tendency to forget or lose the clicker. I have no problem with traditional training either. Again if the method is followed where the praise and correction is appropriate, it is a very good way to train. In fact, traditional training is very reliable which is why it is used by most working dog trainers. Again like any training method it can be abused in the name of training the dog. Like in clicker training, a knowledgeable dog saavy trainer makes the method look easy.
- Marna OLv 61 decade ago
I have seen some dogs that have been clicker trained. For some dogs it has worked great, for others not. The determining factor is the owner, whether they have a true understanding of how to properly utilize the method.
As far as "traditional" method, I do not understand what "traditional" means to you.
I do not use a "method", I just do what I do, and tailor it to fit the individual dog. Basically I "show" and "reward", trying to eliminate the wrong choices the dog can make so that he is successful. Gradually "proof" the training by offering choices. Correct when necessary.
Reward: praise verbal or physical, treat, play, freedom.
Correction: verbal, physical, witholding treat, play, freedom.
My main focus on training is building a deep bond, being the fair, fun leader my dog WANTS to be with and do for.
It is not as much the training method, but the understanding and devotion to the method.
- PatriciaLv 44 years ago
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- Dogmom CALv 51 decade ago
I have been a dog trainer and competed with my dogs for over 30 years using traditional jerk and praise methods. I have spent the last several years crossing over to clicker training. I can tell you from experience that clicker training beats out traditional training every day of the week! Dogs learn faster, retain things longer, and learn to think for themselves. It also helps build a loving and trusting relationship with your dog. There is no longer any excuse for inflicting pain and fear on a dog to make him behave!! You simply don't have to!Source(s): 30+yrs dog owner, trainer, rescue ABCDT, APDT dog trainer
- AllanasLv 71 decade ago
Fit the method to the dog. Every dog is different, so every training method should be different.
Positive reinforcement works well for young dogs and for trick training, but at some point you have to TELL your dog what to do, not beg it to obey you or bribe it with food.
Dogs with behavior problems, dogs that have been abused, dogs who don't see humans as authority figures, strong willed dogs, stubborn dogs - all need different approaches for success. Even breed and type of dog means a different training method. You wouldn't use the same methods for a Boarder Collie as you would a Newfoundland.
EDIT TO ADD:
Traditional methods don't use pain and fear. If you're inflicting pain and scaring your dog, you're doing it wrong.
EDIT TO ADD:
I'm not saying beat the dogs into submission! I'm saying you have to tailor your training to your dog's needs...
Abused dogs need calm owners who can desensitize the dog to the abuses it's suffered and create positive "success".
Stubborn dogs need stubborn owner who won't take any crap...
Why is that wrong?
- 1 decade ago
I have no problem with marking behavior, which is what using a clicker does. I don't agree with bribing dogs with food and refusing to proof a dog with corrections since that's not considered animal abuse and damaging to you and your dog's relationship.
100% positive reinforcement is great when teaching a young dog, but eventually you need to proof the dog and that requires appropriate corrections depending on the situation and the individual dog. I use prong collars and electric collars when training my dogs. I also used the force-fetch method with my current dog. Some consider all those tools/methods inhumane or out of date, but I find that they work and they work well. I've got a great relationship with my dog and I'm proud of her obedience level.
- 1 decade ago
PUT IT TO SLEEP