K9 Training

Dogs have been carrying out simple tasks for centuries. Hundreds of years ago, dogs were used to find food. Today, dogs are still used to fish and catch small animals. They are also used to help their owners hunt for larger animals. As years passed, dogs began to be used as pets.  The police force trains canines to catch criminals. The dogs are bred to be pets and defense dogs.

Training a canine requires social conditioning. Dog owners must learn how dogs interact with people and other dogs.  If you know the natural nature of your dog, it is easier to imply certain training methods.  Canines are pack animals. They stick together in the wild. If you are training a K9, you must let it know you are in control of the herd. Canines will obey people or animals in higher positions than themselves.

Canine training techniques

Canine training can be broken down into two categories. The first is obedience training. The second is behavior modification. Obedience training programs work best with dogs older than three months. The canine is taught basic commands, as well as indoor and outdoor behavior. Behavior modification programs focus on correcting aggressive behavior. The length of a canine training program depends on the dog’s temperament.  You should participate in the training sessions to get the best possible outcomes.

Within obedience and behavior modification training there are different training methods.  Negative reinforcement punishes bad behavior. This training is not recommended often because it can heighten aggression. Special collars are often used to teach dogs techniques not related to behavior modification.  Positive reinforcement doesn’t focus on bad behavior. Instead, it rewards good behavior with treats and compliments. Some trainers use a combination of both methods. They do this by rewarding the dog for obeying and lightly hitting the dog with a stern voice for disobeying. Each method has its good any bad. Some trainers believe dogs can only be trained with negative reinforcement because it shows dominance. Other trainers believe positive reinforcement teaches respect and keeps the dog happy.

Canine training advice

Your dog might show frustration during the training sessions. If your K9 does not understand a command, it might show signs of aggression.  When the training sessions are completed, your dog will know where to use the bathroom and where his designated areas are. Your canine will also know when it is appropriate to show aggressive behavior.