Obedience Training for Your Pets

Who is teaching whom? part II

December 31, 2009 // 0 Comments

Obedience training for your pets by SAM HYER When your “fur child” is about six months old, it is time to begin a program of more advanced obedience training. You need to put aside some time for training each and every day. Plan on spending half an hour each day to work with your dog—15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes in the evening is the normal routine. You will need a collar for your dog for training and obedience work. There are many schools of thought on which collar to use, almost as many as there are trainers. I am going to discuss the choke collar in this article. Ask your trainer—and (or) with the assistance of your veterinarian—which collar is correct for your “paw-ticular” pet. Each breed is as varied as the products the pet store sells. Some cannot tolerate metal “choke”-type training collars, as they can be easily injured internally. Before following this or any potentially harmful task with your pet, contact a professional that knows your pet. Never leave a metal choke collar on your pet. It can snag on something and choke your dog. Always have a nylon or leather collar for regular wear with a “ticket home” attached (a name tag). Many well-meaning people hesitate to use a choke collar for fear it will hurt their pet. But used correctly, a choke collar is a safe and humane training aid. Choke collars are designed to tighten quickly and then release, acting as a correction to the dog. This will not hurt your pet, but it will momentarily throw him off balance and get his attention so you can redirect to appropriate behaviors or teach new ones. The correct method to put on a choke collar is to stand on his right side and slip the collar over his head, making sure that the ring you will attach to the leash is at the top of his neck. When used correctly, the choke collar will release itself the instant you relieve pressure on the leash. Another item you need is a leash. Buy a narrow leash about five feet in length. Finally, you will need lots of patience. Remember, a dog learning the basics of obedience is a lot […]