Positive dog training is an approach that consists of teaching your dog the desired behaviors without coercion or intimidation in order to integrate him/her into our society. The term “positive” has been adopted because this approach is based on the positive reinforcement of good behaviors (praise, caresses, rewards).
Dog education has evolved a lot in recent years and in a positive way, but unfortunately, we can still find in our country a large number of dog clubs, associations or training centers practicing a negative education, so-called “traditional”, medieval and barbaric advocating the use of choke collars, electric or spiked, “ringing bells” …
Positive training allows the creation of a real relationship of trust between human and dog, it is more reassuring for the dog and the master, it avoids the establishment of a power relationship (dominance) always harmful, and allows faster and lasting learning.
THE ARRIVAL OF THE PUPPY OR DOG
Your new companion arrives in a new environment, surrounded by people he doesn’t know. He has just been separated from his mother, brothers, and sisters or from fellow human beings who were familiar to him. This change is very destabilizing, it is important to let him discover his environment at his own pace. This adaptation period can last several days, sometimes until several weeks. It is essential to build a relationship of mutual trust with your dog. The first few days LEAVE THE PEACE, don’t try to make him a perfect dog in two days, observe him, learn to understand his reactions, let him come to you, don’t impose any contact, congratulate him for his good deeds. When walking, prefer a tether to a short leash and choose quiet places, and your only objective must be to establish a healthy relationship of shared pleasure.
THE DOG’S BASIC NEEDS
Like any living being, a dog cannot thrive without fulfilling his basic needs. In addition to his physiological needs (eating, sleeping, breathing, relieving oneself…) every dog needs to evolve in a stable and secure environment (without fear, without power, without stress, and in a relationship of trust). As a social animal, he also feels the need to interact regularly with other individuals of his species. Don’t neglect this need to meet other animals. If your dog is sociable, offer him opportunities to meet a variety of other dogs. If not, seek professional help to help him progress.
AVOID PROVOKING THE “FAULT.”
Training a dog is a long and gradual process. You cannot expect any living creature to understand all the rules that will govern his new life without learning. In order to avoid the appearance of embarrassing behavior, the first thing to do is to make sure that this behavior cannot occur:
– Put away the objects you hold on to prevent him from chewing on them.
– Put the trash can out of the dog’s reach.
– If you want a calm dog, avoid exciting him or encouraging his excitement.
– Close the doors of the rooms in which you do not want your dog to live.
– To prevent him from digging in the garden, accompany him on his outings.
– To avoid any reaction to child harassment, teach children to respect their peace and quiet.
-To avoid being disturbed at the table or in front of the TV, make sure they are busy elsewhere.
KEYS NOT TO BE FORGOTTEN!
To know the basics of canine communication, to know how to observe your dog in order to better react, to have expectations and make requests within reach, to know how to formulate them correctly and coherently, to have the patience to repeat until assimilation, not to interpret failures or undesirable behaviors in a human way (revenge) and above all: to congratulate each desired or desired behavior.