Dog Trainers in Miami – Tip of the Day
Dog Training May Overwhelm Your Dog
Just like humans, dogs can have off/bad days. Dogs are individuals and should not be expected to obey your every command like an inanimate robot without feelings. We use the terminology “cue” rather than “command” for several reasons.
In dog training and behavior, a cue elicits the desired behavior from the dog and the learned cue is called the conditioned stimulus.
A cue also allows for a give and take, a conversation to be observed and communicated. Your dog and cat (and all animals) send you cues and vice versa. Cues are two-way communications, less demanding, controlling, forceful and treat the dog with the respect and humanity they deserve. Animals are not slaves or robots put on this earth to do our bidding and to obey our every command. They are sentient, living, breathing, thinking, feeling, and loving beings just like all animals. If you wanted “something” such as a robot, to obey your every command you should not have gotten a “someone”.
Dogs can become overwhelmed, stressed, confused, tired, bored, frustrated, hungry, satiated, or simply not feel well, just like us. It is important to understand and to notice these cues and understanding dog body language to helps us discern what it is that our best friends are communicating to us. Dogs are not trying to be dominant or to dominate you! They are frustrated and do not understand what you want from them. It is your job to teach them with positive reinforcement, force free experiences and fun, rather than fear, pain, intimidation and bullying.
Often times humans have the tendency to want something yesterday. Patients is critical when training, and shaping behaviors. Approximations are often used to shape behaviors and building on those successive approximations turn behaviors into beautiful and fun tricks and complex tasks. If you are able to build on small successes the end result will be beautiful. But first, it is the certified professional dog trainers (CPDT) or behavior specialists responsibility to explain how dogs learn, through operant conditioning. A good CPDT will never use force, always use positive reinforcement, be able to utilize and explain operant conditioning, classical conditioning, habituation, counterconditioning and desensitization to clients. They won’t use aversive equipment, practice dominance theory, use leash pops or corrections.
If you and your dog are not enjoying learning, you have hired the wrong dog trainer.
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