Game Dog Training Method
Dog training is a responsible process that requires certain knowledge and training. The effectiveness of training directly depends on the correctness of the approach, on the ability of the owner to interest his pet in order to attract and retain his attention. There are several methods for this – and one of the most popular is the game method of training. Let’s talk about it in more detail.
All dogs love to play. At the same time, many of them perceive training as a complex and tedious process. But what prevents us from making the game an element of training so that the dog does not avoid working off new teams, but considers them part of an interesting walk?
Of course, the game is an auxiliary, and not the main method of training. But it is with the help of the game that we can hold the pet’s attention for a long time and fully involve him in the educational process. In addition, game elements eliminate the likelihood of stress, often accompanying the dog during the development of complex teams. With a lack of experience, it can be difficult for us to explain to the pet exactly what we want from him, but during the game, mutual understanding between the pet and the owner is established naturally, and this allows us to achieve the best result. Most often, the game method is used in combination with two main methods of training: mechanical and taste-promoting. The load on the nervous system of the dog with this approach to training is minimal.
The essence of the game method is to form a dog’s specific behavior through the game process with the aim of further training teams. And the simplest example is training the Aport! Team through a game with aport toys. Moreover, it is very important to use special dog apportions (for example, Petstages, Zogoflex), since they are designed to appeal to animals. Therefore, such toys in the best way attract the attention of a pet, and also, unlike sticks from the street, are completely safe. Ordinary sticks should not be used for the game because the “bad person” can distract your dog with such a stick.
Game training method
The dog should be distracted only by his toy and not react to other objects.
How does the game method work on the example of games with aportation? You let the dog hold the aporta in its teeth, and then throw it a short distance (over time, the distance needs to be increased). The dog rushes in pursuit of the toy, and at this time you command her: “Aport!” When the dog finds the toy and brings it to you, you also have the opportunity to work out the “Give!” Command. Do not forget to treat the dog with a treat, but only if she did everything right, otherwise the meaning of the lessons disappears. Thus, on the basis of an interesting and beloved by all dogs game, you will teach your pet to bring the desired items.
Other effective helpers in training are, for example, balls for dogs. And here is a simple example of how one such ball can serve in the learning process.
Play the ball with the dog for a few minutes. Let the pet warm up and tune in for an entertaining walk, show interest in your gestures. After some time, take a break, stopping and holding the ball in your hand. Of course, the dog will try to continue the game and possibly take the ball away from you. When she stands opposite you, raise a hand with a ball and slowly bring it over the pet’s head (the way you work with a treat). In order not to lose the ball from the field of view, the dog will begin to sit down. As soon as she sits down, command her “Sit!” And treat her to a treat. Thus, with the help of the simplest ball game, you will fix the dog performing one of the most necessary teams in everyday life.
Do not forget that for training you can use only special balls for dogs that are suitable for the pet in size. You can read about other characteristics that will help you in choosing the best toys in the articles: “How to choose a toy for a puppy?” And “What kind of toys does a dog need?”.
Game training method
Speaking about other useful teams, which can be trained in a dog through the game method, one cannot help but recall the “Look!” Team. You let the dog smell the toy, and then hide it — first in the dog’s field of view so that she sees where you put the toy and quickly finds it, and then to more distant places. When the dog begins to search for the hidden toy, command “Search!” And for the find, do not forget to praise the delicacy. By analogy, playing hide and seek with family members will teach the dog to find a person.
Also, the game method will be very useful in raising puppies. If you see that the baby is mischievous, for example, gnaws at a table leg, just distract his attention with the game. And then slip him a toy – why not an alternative to furniture and boots?
In the house where the dog lives, there must be at least 3 toys and they must be alternated. Otherwise, the dog will simply lose interest in the game.