Transcript for DTS001 PUPS Podcast - Get to know your new host.
Published Date: 25th May 2020
Host: Dexter Sim, PUPS Dog Training
Very please to announce our new PUPS Podcast - Train Your Dog. PUPS promote positive interaction with animals. PUPS Dog Training introduces positive dog training concepts sequentially through our life-skill levels of obedience programs. Each level of dog training includes basic animal learning, puppy training tips and understanding how dogs tick!
Basic Dog Training and/or Animal Learning program helps students develop a basic foundation for dog training. Understanding how dog ticks help student process beyond foundational dog training skills to learn more advanced concepts and it's applications. It's more than just learning. We are Positive Dog Training near you. Link up with us today!! www.pups.com.sg
Transcript for the Podcast:
Good Afternoon Welcome to PUPS Podcast - Train Your Dog. PUPS promote positive interaction with animals. PUPS your companion for life. You can find us at WWW.PUPS.COM.SG. PUPS as in P.U.P.S or you can find us on Facebook and Instagram and Twitter. Just look for PUPS SG. This series will be discussing how we get into dog training and what is dog training to us. It started from, as you know I'm in a family of five and in the past, I had so many animals that I've kept before. Ranging from rats, hamsters, fishes, birds, parrots, iguana, chicken, duck and you know even squirrel, so to me keeping pets, dogs and cats I also do have and not forgetting them. Back then it just like a playmate, we came back from school and play with the animal and leave it to our mum to know to clean them up, to feed them and things like that. The first time that I pet ownership into my own hands when I remember when I was dating my wife, we went to take a look at all the dog’s competitions and we will always be amazed by how well the dogs are trained. And how the owners had spent the time to bring the dog to the highest level, and win and the local competition and based on that I was determined to do that myself and give it a try. So back in 2001 when we first bought our border collies, we went to a pet shop somewhere in Pasir Ris and then we basically found an identical twin. Both from Australia and they are long-coated border collie which is also black and white, by the only difference is that one of them has some dots on the legs which separate them. So when I was talking to the pet shop owner, he was telling me so what do you want the dog for? Is it for Show? Is it for Confirmation? Then you get the dog that is with the clean leg, which is, it would look more like a show dog. If you're looking for getting an obedience dog, training for training and then it shouldn't matter right, so aesthetic is not a problem. But rather looks into the character of the dog, the responsibility and the reactivity of the dog, how curious is the dog, which is the key to the interest of getting an interesting and a good start to a young puppy. And we did some tests with these two puppies. We did the sound test, we did the motion test, we did the what we call the environment test. And we also did the calling test. And as you rightly guessed, Max emerges as the winner and we brought back the one with the poker legs and that is history.
And into training, is something that I will see myself doing that over and over again right given my competitive nature and of course and keen interest of dog training I've seen myself grow from a person who knows nothing in dogs, to someone who goes into competition takes good care of the dog in terms of grooming, training, in getting to know what dog ticks. and how to treat them and that sets us apart and from most of our peers. Having said that, having the interest to train a dog is one aspect of life, but after learning the skillsets that you will want to teach and pass the skillset to someone else and to see someone else being able to train their own dog bring up to the level where are the pet & the owner and the household all in sync, right and that is the ultimate test of all time and I always tell myself that my job is to not really to teach the person I see dog training as you know really you know showcasing really telling them what is the ways to get to talk to really understand what you really really want and what you, you need to learn how to communicate the dog effectively.
One of the keys believe I have is that in order to train well, someone in training you need to basically let him understand the concept, let them understand the objective. and it's only through the understanding of objectives and what you need your dog to achieve so that you can pass the skill I would say 100% but if not we will be in to like what we called you know Chinese kungfu syndrome, where you know the master will pass maybe only 70% of skillsets to his disciple and then his disciple will pass another 70% of his skillsets to another set of disciples and it happens in a Century, many many years to come, your clan will basically have very low skillset because every time everybody is like it all putting aside the things apart not willing to teach you not willing to put forward that skillset.
The fun for training is actually the process of training right where you have to literally spend the time, the effort, the hours to sweat it out with your dog. I'm not talking physically sweating but sometimes you do about putting in the training system setting out the reinforcement point, by making the dog got to do the right thing and understand how to get into your Reward Zone. So all these are the critical phase in training right after that you move into what we call the demand phase, where we actually randomized rewards to our dogs by asking the same sets of behaviour over and over again by this time he needs to do maybe a set of two in order to get the reward and you need to do a set of five and in order to get the reward. And that's how we pushed and continue to excite our dog in training. We also used it technique we call Back Chaining. And Back Chaining is a very interesting concept because you do start training from the back where you started with the end product, for example, asking to do if a full total recall right so the end product will be the dog sitting in front of you so that's the first position that you teach by so we will begin to reward and reinforced that becomes a final position and we move to the next step so we do it a recall coming into the front but then we build it together basically making it is complete set where the dog needs to be recalled into the front to sit and that's how we build it all the way to the start of the recall start line by and then we were. we were, chain it together and that becomes a full complete picture of a recall with back chaining. So how do you really train a dog to the level where he's always ready to to do the exercise that you that you always call upon always like to regard it into like for example you may have a set of skillsets let’s say a set of 15 Skillsets that you always been doing for example when you drive it doesn't need to know the litterally know how to engage the gear how to turn on the switch on the signal how to basically look for the blind spot before you make that change lane and how you would then get in a lane and get back to the straight line and then the then you switch off basically the signal by all these things become second nature so in dog training I like to refer to that has the same right so I say you if you have always been training ten exercises i and that day where you need to recall them immediately for your dog your dog will be always ready to do exercise at the five or ten exercises because that's always be reinforced so you asked me training is all about reinforcement the more you reinforce the better the behavior becomes the better the instantaneous respond from the dog will comes in that should the way we all trains our dog. It's not all about training by some time you were basically doing what we call an R&R which is a relaxing relaxation a time where we spend time grooming the dog to bring the dog a jog or bringing him for the swim where we do things alone while I go for a long walk but not doing anything about the actual training just to build up the bond but to create the so-called the trust between the human and dog and build a situation where you basically build the dependence on on on the dog and human relationship together right that's the way you will edge out of another step in terms of the relationship between the team.
So what is my last thought for this Podcast? My idea will always be, If you have not tried you will never succeed so give it a try irregardless of the technique that you choose from or obviously I would prefer you to use the reward base training technique but my point is if you decided on a certain technique, you know if you do not stick it through and trained to do the level where you exhaust all your means you will never know whether you're able to make it right so dog training is very very in-depth personal with your dog you are working with an animal that can’t talk back to you unable to give you back certain responses feedback by but you don't forget they do give you some form of feedback, in term of the body language in all the way they move the way they react to you all these are signs and calming signal that you can learn and how to cope with your dog right.
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