We were over in Loxahatchee last Friday finishing up a Dog Guard Out of Sight Fencing® System for a new client and his Doberman, Diesel. The big problem that we needed to overcome was Diesel’s getting into the horse corrals and annoying the horses. We installed the underground fence to make these areas “no-go zones” and then spent the afternoon training the Doberman understand that he was no longer allowed there. Diesel learned very quickly and the owner as well as his horses were very thankful. My client told me that he had tried about everything to keep Diesel out of the corrals. I responded that we simply had to find the right tool to teach his Doberman his rules and the Dog Guard Fence appears to be the best tool for the job.
So many dog owners and dog trainers focus simply on the dog training tools to train their dogs. Positive Reinforcement Dog Trainers heavily rely almost exclusively on food and dog treats. E-Collar Dog Trainers rely almost exclusively on the E-Collars, often characterized as Shock Collars. Many manufacturers promise that a particular harness or toy will solve all the dog’s problems. Although tools are often needed as part of the educational process, they are simply accessories to the final solution.
Let’s think about this for a second. If you were going to hire someone to build you a brand new house, how would you go about it? Would you ask contractors and carpenters to show you their tools? Would you pick your builder on the type of tools they might have? Who has the most expensive tools? Who have the fanciest tools? Whose tools have the most buttons?
Probably not (I hope).
You would probably ask for references so that you could see the end results. Which contractor built the strongest and most appealing house? Who met all the homeowner’s requests? Who finished on time and on budget? When it finally came down to the end, you really didn’t care about the tools because what you really wanted was a great house.
So, why do so many people focus on the tools when it comes to dog training? I usually scratch my head and say that I really don’t know. Maybe it is because they really don’t know what they are doing, but they know how to use the tool. They hope that using the tool will finally get the result they want. Let’s ask the sculptor creating a statue out of marble while using a feather, “How is that working out for you?”
We really need to ask ourselves what we are trying to teach our dog. We need to make sure that we can answer our question in one sentence with very few words. It must be exact and clearly understood. It must be quantitative so the answer will be consistent. It must be something we can repeat so it will become second nature for our dog.
Once we have this, it is now time to ask what tools we may need to accomplish our goal. Remember, the tools are a means to the end. They are not the answer.
If we have a dog who just doesn’t want to come to us when called, we may use a leash to teach him to come. A leash is a great learning tool for simple, directional rules. Every time we command him to come and he doesn’t instantly respond, we can use the leash to give him a slight tug in our direction to entice the appropriate response.
If we are teaching our little dog to potty outside, treats can often be used. After our puppy successfully potties outside, we bring him in and reinforce his “good potty” with a small doggie goodie.
If our dog gets on the furniture when we are out of the house, we can use “prickly dog mats” that have plastic, pointy ends on one side. We can put these on the furniture when we are gone and when our dog starts to get up, it will hurt his paws (just enough to be annoying) and let him know that the furniture might not be his best choice to go.
If our dog likes to jump on us, we can use a simple, squirt bottle. Every time he starts to jump; we tell him NO and give him a squirt of water in the face. This breaks his adrenalized action and normally results in his sitting at our feet.
The underground, perimeter dog fence is perfect for keeping our dog in the yard. It allows him the option to be wherever he wants, except for away from our property.
These are just a few examples of simple, focused dog training tools. When we use them as part of our training in order to gain a desired result, they can be quite effective. It is also very important to remember that sometimes, we may pick the wrong tool for the desired result. In that case, all we need to do is to switch tools and continue on towards our goal.
For example, let’s say we are trying to teach our dog to walk next to us and we are using a harness and extension leash. No matter what we do, the dog pulls and is not paying attention to us. We shouldn’t get mad and keep doing the same thing. We might switch to using a Martingale Dog Collar and standard, six foot dog leash. These tools may get the focus we need to have a proper walk.
Remember, the dog tools such as leashes, treats, collars, etc.; are a means to an end. Don’t get locked in on only one type. Focus on having a great dog and you will find the right tools to make that happen. You can see some of the tools we suggest at our Amazon Dog Tools Web Site.
It is always about the correct tools for the job. Most dog training tools, when used properly for the appropriate situation, will help you lead to successfully training your dog. We are happy to talk with you about the tools you need and methods to enact when dog training or needing an underground dog fence. Click on Dog Fence Training Help Loxahatchee South Florida. We offer a great deal of dog training and invisible dog fence information at Best Out of Sight Dog Fence Trainers Loxahatchee South Florida.
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