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Azz is offline  
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01-12-2015, 08:38 PM

Dog training methods 2015/16

Which training methodologies do you think are currently popular? What do you see people use when you go out on walks etc?

Which schools of thought are you an advocate of, and which, if any, do you dislike?
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03-12-2015, 09:12 AM
The only training guides I see are those that I've seen on tv. Then I look at Poppy and think 'no you can't teach an old dog new tricks' No, seriously I went with the reward with treats route. Even now I keep a few dog biccies whilst out on a walk and when it comes to leaving the park Poppy will come to my side, sit down, gets her biccy, lead on and safe to leave.

Pulling on the lead I have never been able to overcome because initially she's so excited but I would never ever use one of those electronic collars. So Poppy has a harness which saves my shoulder socket and stops Poppy bloomin choking herself!
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03-12-2015, 05:20 PM
Pretty much everything?

I've seen only two people training their dogs (besides me) on walks. One uses a shock collar and has the saddest dog I've ever seen.

The other was using treats as a reward.

I am 100% for positive reinforcement/force-free training.

With my older girl, I use a lot of luring and some shaping, and rewards (except "real life" rewards like going for a walk) are all treats because she is very food motivated.

My younger dog, who has some major impulse control issues (partially under control after 5 months!) gets a lot of shaping, a bit of luring. All positive reinforcement though! His rewards are a lot of real life stuff, quite a bit of toy play (he LOVES fetch and tug), and food. Because he is also SUPER food motivated.
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09-12-2015, 02:36 PM
I'm seeing less Cesar Millan types bullying their dogs .
More people using treats and rewards which is lovely!
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09-12-2015, 02:52 PM
I think most people don't bother and are best avoided these days.
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09-12-2015, 04:12 PM
When I first came to Hungary 8 years ago and was looking for classes for my two pups, I was shocked how many trainers advocated the use of choke chains and seemed to be devotees of CM's methods of training. Needless to say I refused to train my dogs that way and ended up teaching M'boi and Chloe myself.

Two years ago when I was looking rather pessimistically for classes for Georgina, I was pleasantly surprised on the number of trainers who only used positive methods and since then we've had two excellent trainers that I would recommend to any dog owner.
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09-12-2015, 04:51 PM
The most common 'training' I see if people yelling a full sentence at their dog and getting annoyed when the dog doesn't obey so they yank, yell more or hit the dog... It takes a lot of control for me to not get involved these days. I'm a bit short tempered when it comes to people not appreciating their dogs when I miss mine so much.

Training I like, well all positive, fun, sometimes hyper, sometimes slow and steady depending on what I'm aiming for. Cookie was a very sensitive boy, 'no' was too harsh for him and even if someone else said it to someone else he would take it personally. On the advice of a friend/trainer I gave him a cue work that meant you didn't do as asked, lets have another go at getting it right, which was 'try again'. Harder for him to take as a sharp instruction, and saying it reminded me (or OH) that he could have another try, he doesn't have to be perfect, neither do we.
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07-01-2016, 04:00 PM
I didnt see a lot of dog training in the UK other than my friends who I knew were trying to socialise rescue dogs or practice recall with adopted sighthounds in a safe area. Now in Spain , the dog culture is very different, there are handbag dogs that seem to go everywhere with their owners. There are campo dogs who live at the family country house on their own , some have company every day and bedding and shelter at night , others much less. Then of course there are the hunting dogs who have varying levels of care.

It seems to be the norm not to have a dog on a lead and certainly in our area that is the case. My dogs have freedom in our land as it is completely fenced in with 2m fencing but I still walk them on leads outside of our property. Most of our neighbours dont use leads but I have to say the recall of these dogs is great , when we meet them on walks they are immediately called back and we have had no issues with them , so I am guessing there must have been some sort of recall training to achieve this.
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07-01-2016, 06:13 PM
Its quite the done thing to join a puppy class here... Almost frowned on if you dont...
Im all for positive re-enforcement and positive training but there is a school of thought that seem to be letting the dogs make the decisions..

Several new dog owners here have dogs that will lie down when they see another dog so that they cannot be moved on before they have greeted the other dog.. They also decided which direction they want to walk and the hapless owner trails along behind them..

Not my way of doing things at all..
Mind you poking, prodding , using choke or shock collars, rattle tins or similar also get the thumbs down from me.
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15-07-2017, 02:09 AM
Clicker and treats is my favorite training method.
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