We use positive motivational methods, emphasizing focused attention. This attention needs to go both ways: from "dog to handler" and from "handler to dog". Communication is our number one priority. Your dog will learn and understand when you take the time to include him in the process of learning. It should be a partnership. Once an exercise is understood by the dog, we also let him know when he is incorrect.
A focused dog is less likely to be distracted by what is going on around him, and therefore will be giving you his undivided attention, making learning much easier.
Each step of learning a new exercise begins with Naming and Explaining to your dog, just what you want. It is based on praise and reward, encouragement and support signals. All part of SATS (SynAlia Training System). However, once our dog understands what is wanted, we well also let him know when he's made a mistake.
Making things clear for your dog will help give him a sense of security and order. You need to be confident, consistent, and follow through with your training. If you are inconsistent, your dog can become confused due to lack of understanding.
CREATE A PARTNERSHIP
Our dogs need to be treated with respect if we want them to respect us. The relationship should be a partnership. Our dogs can and should be active participants in the training goals and requirements. As we give them support and information during the process of learning, we are empowering them to be successful.
As we name objects, terms, and behaviors to our dogs we are clearly giving them information. This information goes with them into all areas of training and all Life Situations.
Our training will not always move along smoothly - there will be ups and downs. It is never a straight path. If we stay committed and consistent when times are difficult there will be success. However, if something in our teaching is not working, we must be open to trying new a technique or approach, while staying true to the process of helping our dogs. Each dog is an individual.
People often underestimate how much a dog can learn. If we spend time talking, naming and explaining things to him, we are helping him to know what is happening, what is going to happen, and what did happen. I know I am much more comfortable in situations if everything is explained clearly to me. Our dogs feel the same way. We can help them by providing information.
TRAINING GOES ON FOR THE LIFE OF YOUR DOG
Any time you are interacting with your dog, training IS happening (Are you helping or hindering?)