Training your dog with love
Dogs have been long considered to be man’s closest ally and we humans have learnt to share our homes and our joys with them. They have gained our respect throughout history with their exceptional abilities to be loyal till death. In situations where men won’t trust each other, they will trust a dog! This is what sets our canine friends apart from the rest of the animal kingdom.
They do not care about their own lives when it comes to being faithful to their master. Dogs choose their master when they are puppies and each dog will only totally respond to just one master even though they might ‘love’ other members of the family equally. Each dog is unique, just like us humans. They possess a character that might be vastly different from another dog of the exact same breed! This brings us to the crucial part of owning a dog — training them.
Training should ideally begin at a very early stage when your dog is around three months old. Saying that, it does not mean you need to curtail their freedom to ‘play’ and explore the world around them in any way. All it means is that you need to ‘set the boundaries’ for them and make them realize which areas are accessible and which are not.
As with human beings, pups learn and adapt much easier than aged dogs. Character and personality formation starts to happen when dogs are barely a month old. So, you should be careful about how you behave with your dog and also train your children and family around you accordingly. This will help you a lot in the long run to establish a loving, yet respectful and non-aggressive behavior in your dog.
Training collars are used widely by dog trainers while they ‘teach’ your dog the basic set of ‘dog manners’. It might sound restrictive and suffocating to animal lovers like us, the truth is that most dogs need a training collar to set them off on the right track.
Most training collars are very easy on dogs and do not really give them much trouble but some collars like the shock collar and the prong collar are known to administer much pain to dogs if not used with discretion. Therefore it is essential that you know what type of collar is being used by your trainer. It is also very important to be aware of the pros and cons about dog training collars.
Benefits of the training collar:
- Collars help in letting the dog understand what the trainer wants without direct punishments.
- When you have ‘pulling’ issues with your dog, it can become a problem if your dog is too bulky for you to handle on the road. Using a choke collar will make your dog sensitive to the leash and he will learn soon enough that pulling won’t help him.
- For aggressive dogs, training collars are a great way to control their behavior by making them aware of that ‘thing’ around their neck that does not tolerate bad behavior.
Drawbacks of using these collars include harming your dog’s neck, or actually choking them by pulling too much on the collar. More importantly, dogs are affected psychologically when they receive too much pain or if they feel unloved and badly treated. They might develop extreme aggressive behavior which is impossible to correct later.
Trainers need to be very cautious when they are using collars like ‘prongs’ or shock-collars. These collars can be dangerous if not used properly and will completely psyche your dog out and worsen the situation.
However, if handled with care and respect, a dog collar can become a useful tool in training your dog to behave, while retaining their original character traits. It is important for your dog to know that he is loved but needs to be trained for practical reasons. If your dog understands this, then half your job is done!