Getting a puppy or small dog can be a joyous occasion in any household. These four legged creatures are just so cute, their eyes staring up at you in wonder only wanting your love and attention. However, one day when you walk into your house after a long day of work to find your house torn up, half your food eaten and a few surprises in the corner of the living room, this once cute creature is now a monster.
There has been a huge debate on when to start training your dog. Some people say that you should wait until the puppy is a few weeks old where others say as soon as you get the puppy. The truth is that you should start training your puppy right away. This can begin with showing them where their food and water dishes are, puppy pads for accidents and if you crate your dog where their spot is.
Leashes and collars are very important in the dog training process. The question becomes which leash should you chose and why. One of the more popular collars on the market today are called Martingale dog collars. These collars take a different approach to training and controlling your dog compared to traditional collar and leash combinations.
Strain on the Neck
One of the biggest complaints with traditional collars is that they pull on the neck and back of your dog. This can seem cruel not only to those who see it but to the dog as well. When pulling on the neck the idea is to draw your dog’s attention away from their current focus and return it to you. This rarely works.
Treat Like a Baby
When training your dog the mindset needs to be that of training a human baby. The best way to get their attention is to do something that draws their attention away. Making a loud noise, saying their name or standing up can create enough displacement that their attention is drawn back to you. The same goes for dogs.
When we walk our dog giving a yank on a collar doesn’t do the trick. However if we use a collar that buzzes, gently tightens and releases or otherwise creates a disturbance to draw their attention, then it will be less harmful and more effective.
Before taking your dog out on a walk or for training you may want to consider voice commands. When in your home, go into a garage or other room that is barren of any distractions. There you want to start playing a game with the dog. Here is an example.
You are in the garage and you want the dog to sit. Raise the ball up and show it to him. Then when he is focused on the ball say the command “sit” and see what his reaction is. If he sits, then throw the ball. This will start to train the dog’s mind as to what commands and reactions are.
Advancing on this concept you will be able to use your leash in the same way. Tugging once for sit, twice to go, things along those lines will help be more effective and help in your training.