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Dog Training Methods Evolution

Dog Training Methods:
How Dog Training Has Evolved Over The Last Few Decades

When you look down at your brand new, small and tender puppy peacefully sleeping in its little bed, it's hard to think that in just two to three months it may grow to be 40, 50, or even up to 100 pounds depending on the type of breed. And although its behaviors may cute at the moment, like jumping up and putting his front paws on your body, these actions will be far less enjoyable when your dog is all grown up and literally knocking you over.

Your best bet is to start training your puppy from day one so that he can learn proper manners as he grows into adulthood. Puppies that are not trained in this manner end up learning all of the wrong stuff and their owners wonder why they cannot seem to get their dogs to behave as they age.

Many years ago, when dog training methods used more punishment oriented (using harsh methods to train puppies), dog trainers typically required all puppy trainees to be at least six months old. The reason was partly due to the fact that such physical correction protocols used could not be done with dogs that were too small or too young.

What is ironic about dog training in the old days is that by the time most puppies are six months old they are big enough and mentally stubborn enough to ignore commands and are altogether tough to train.

New Times Bring Better Training Methods

Over the last 20 years or so, the dog training profession has embraced more friendly and loving training tactics for their puppy clients. Most trainers now except puppies that are as young as 8 to 10 weeks old. They are typically enrolled in socialization classes and puppy kindergarten.

Positive training is now used instead of the old-school methods of negative reinforcement. Puppies are taught to walk politely on the leash. They learn the basic commands of sit, stay, lie down, and come. In addition to these simple instructions, other useful techniques are learned by puppies such as how to relax, give and take their paw, and polite greeting.

Dog Owners Are More Involved With Training Nowadays

Another interesting aspect of raising dogs that has been noted over the last couple of decades is that more and more dog owners have taken it upon themselves to train their puppies.

This is partly due to the fact that so many dog training publications and manuals have been written. Modern dog training programs are based more and more on scientific principles and psychological studies of animal behavior and temperament.

Simple puppy training programs have taught dog owners to utilize techniques such as clicker training and luring.

Clicker training involves the use of a small mechanism that makes a clicking sound when pressed. When a dog hears the sound it will associate the click with whatever reward you give him. This tells the animal that something good is coming and he should repeat whatever behavior or action you have been teaching him.

Luring training is simply using food such as a dog treat, or even a toy, to induce the dog to display a specific behavior in order to follow the lure in hopes of getting the reward.

When to Start Training

Training should start the moment you bring your Jack home.  Just be aware that when a dog is under 6 months of age there will be mistakes and accidents. Start by confining your pup to one area in the house. Be sure to stay with the pup at least the first week so you can take him or her outside right before you believe they need to go to the bathroom.  In the confinement area place the food on one end and newspapers at the other to make it clear where to eat and where to go to potty. The preference is though for your pup to quickly learn where to urinate outside.

Crate training is the other alternative. The confined space will feel safe to the puppy. Since the pup will want to sleep in this area and see it as his or her space, they will naturally not want to urinate there. Be srue to give your puppy plenty of opportunities to urinate outside of the crate.  They will not be able to hold in the urine through the night unitl age 10 to 12 weeks.Watch you puppies behavior before they go to the bathroom, as a good sign that you should quick to the urination spot outdoors.

Suggested Dog Training Methods and Course

To learn the basics of dog training we suggest reviewing the free online lesson offered by Dove Cresswell to see if this type of instruction will work for you and your dog.  The training methods used have received positive feedback from many Jack Russell Terrier owners.

Have A Dog Training Question or Suggestion to Share?

Do you have a dog training suggestion? Share it! And hey, it doesn't have to be about Jack Russells. Any kind of dog breed is good reading here!

As an aside, sometimes a little education goes a long way in helping to train your dog or to get smarter about the topic. We highly recommend the on line course offered by Dove Cresswell. You can view a free sample dog training video lesson here.

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