Proofing – Getting the desired behaviour from your dog, every time
The last thing you want from your dog is to let you down publicly after you have boasted about her behaviour to your friends and signed her up for competition. You’d be happy to know that there is a way to prevent this predicament from the outset. The secret is to proof or generalize the behaviour before showcasing your dog to friends and family and certainly to the judges at the local obedience trials.
And proofing (or generalizing) a behaviour is even more critical when there are important matters at stake, such as the safety of your dog. When you cue your canine, her response should be the same no matter what the circumstances or conditions may be. In other words, your dog needs to obey your cues 100% of the time.
How proofing works
Duration, distance and distraction training are three critical areas that you and your canine need to concentrate on. You need to vary this so that your dog will respond on time every time.
Your dog might be comfortable responding to your call at 20 metres from you, but if she is 50 metres away, she may fail to react. You need to teach your dog to come to you regardless of what this distance is between you and her. Depending on your needs, this can be an extremely important part of the training process.
While it is relatively simple to get your dog to maintain eye contact with you in a room, the same might not apply in an environment that offers many distractions to your dog. Such environments include a park crowded with children. Again, you will have to vary the environments so that your dog can refrain from becoming unduly distracted.
Duration training can be another problem area for many dog-owners. She may be able to sit for ten minutes and nothing more. This falls under the blanket of reliability training. It is important that your dog is reliable at home and away.
Tips for proofing your dog the easy way
Keep things simple when training your dog. Start small by slowly building up the intensity of the training. If you are doing distance training, start with short distances and gradually increase the distance as the dog responds favourably.
If you are doing duration training, start off with short duration so that you set her up to succeed. Once she understands, you can start increasing the required duration.
Choose the best location for distraction training
Likewise, with distraction training, don’t start your first distraction training session in a dog run with lots of dogs roaming around or another crowded place. This will simply overwhelm your dog.
Overwhelming your dog early on will only serve to make her disinterested and frustrate you. Learn when to take a step backwards. When your dog appears disinterest and fails to get the lesson, you should return to the point where she was reacting to instructions well.
If your dog could maintain eye contact with you at 30 metres, but fails to do so at 50 metres, go back to 30 metres and build up to 50 metres from there. This will strengthen the behaviour and in next to no time, she should respond accordingly at 50 metres.
Looking for help on training your puppy or dog? Then choose Dog Training Singapore. Here you will find the best certified dog trainers with best obedience track record. Our trainers are reliable and affordable.