Trainers Tool Box
by Kasia Srocosz // September 2017
Trainers Tool Box
Having all the essentials in your “trainer’s tool box” before starting your training session can help it to go smoothly and to end with success!
First of all, you need to make sure that you have the time for training your dog and that this time will be uninterrupted. The time you spend with your dog is invaluable and helps to strengthen the bond between you and your four legged friend. However, remember not to over do it! Keeping your sessions short and sweet means that you are more likely to be successful.
Plan of action!
Planning your session is very important to keep you both on track with what you want your dog to learn. Keep the exercises exciting and fun and always remember to reward your dog every time they get it right!
Training leads incl. long-lines
There is a great array of training leads to choose from. They come in a variety of lengths depending on the type of exercise you want to use it for. For example, shorter training leads can be ideal for teaching loose lead walking. Long –line leads are ideal for recall training. They provide extra security and control while providing your dog with a greater freedom.
Using a clicker in dog training can be much more successful than using your own voice which can often be inconsistent, and where the tone of your voice can also be affected by your mood. Clicker, however, always sounds the same and predicts a reward will follow. It is a great method used to capture the desired behaviour when training your dog and allows them to pinpoint the exact action which got them the reward.
A training pouch comes in very handy when using food treats as rewards. It provides easy access to treats for you as the trainer and keeps them out of the way of your dog.
Food treats and toys
Food and/or toys play fundamental part in your dog’s training. They are powerful tools that are used to reward desired behaviours. When training with your dog ensure that you find out first what your dog’s preferences are, as what works with one dog won’t necessarily work with another. Does your dog love food, toys or maybe something else that can motivate him to train? Remember that training should always be fun hence it is important that the rewards you’re using have strong positive meaning to your dog.
Water bowl + water
Always make sure that your dog has an access to fresh water, particularly for long training sessions or those involving active exercises and playing!
Make sure that you always make training a fun, rewarding and motivating experience for your dog. By doing so you’re building a lifelong bond with your doggy friend, whilst preventing unwanted behaviours from developing and ensuring your dog’s healthy development.