Advanced Obedience Training, is it for Me?
Advance Dog Obedience Training will be a natural progression for most who have completed their Basic 101 in their Basic Obedience Training Course.
Is your foundation in puppy or dog training GOOD? Or should I put it, we should all have a ROCK SOLID foundation!
Let's look at what foundation is in OXFORD Dictionary. FOUNDATION is an underlying basis or principle. Synonyms: basis, starting point, base, point of departure, beginning, premise;
How long do you think dog training should be part of your dog's life? Only during Dog Obedience Training Classes? Or it is a continuous journey to train, sharpen the responses, and build an infallible Canine and Man relationship?
I like the analogy of equating Dog Training to Sport. The reality of training are skills are easily acquired. But to good at it, you need to put in hundreds and thousands of hours into training.
IE Once you've properly trained a dog, he is considered trained. However, to be able to call upon those behaviours, it will depend on practice.
As the old saying goes, Practise makes Perfect! How true is this? Practice makes perfect, but the role of repetitions in skill learning is not yet fully understood. For example, given a similar number of trials on a given task, it is debated whether repeating, and the same neural process learns non-repeating items.
Like even if you already know how to play golf, without practice, your actual on-field performance will deteriorate over time. The only way to overcome your lapses is to PRACTISE, PRACTISE and still PRACTISE
In my opinion, these THREE Behaviours are critical and necessary in our dog training repiteiro of skill.
1. Name of the dog,
2. Good Recall, and
The duration of training is dependent on the individual dogs and the skills you are training to acquire. I always look at Obedience Training as a process. In a usual Dog Obedience Class, I usually regarded it as a time to acquire new skills, getting your dog to offer the behaviours and eventually putting a cue on this command to demand it when required.
Most Dog Obedience Classes are usually conducted once a week, and this is to allow sufficient opportunities for you and your dog to practice and internalize the skills. Do we expect to train our dog for an hour a day? No. If you can commit to 10-15 minutes a day training routine, I'm sure you will have good enough exposure with your dog and the necessary exercises.
In conclusion, if you don't practice on the Name Calling, Max is unlikely to respond to his name. Without attention training, he is unlikely to have you in mind, let alone wanting to seek out to know where you are at all times. And not practicing good, responsive recall, your recall on Max will be slow, non-responsive, and sometimes not responding at all.
If you spend 10 minutes a day, you will clock more than an hour of training a week. And if you multiply by 365 days, you will have clocked 25,550 minutes of training; you would have clock 425.8 hours of training in a year.
With so many hours of training and loads of reinforcements, you will have GREAT ATTENTION from Max, and you can call on any skills at any time and on-demand basis.
Once you have these basic critical behaviours, then you are ready for Advance Obedience Dog Training.
Advance Obedience are more of field work with basic routine practices. In Advance Obedience, we will be looking at Off-Leash, Retrieval, Distance Control, Drop on Recall and the Out of Sights Stays.
Have fun and stay positive.
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