WHAT IS TRAINING

WHAT IS TRAINING

We often hear…I have trained my dog…I will take my dog to training…I must train my dog 

 After all, what is training  and is it just about the dog and its trainer??? How important is the role of the owner and all family members in this process.

 Lets see in detail and  try to  better understand , make expectations and get the results we hope for. The training of our dog starts from the very first moment our pet is in our house, whatever the age of the dog and it is not only a matter for our dog and the trainer but also for all family members.  When we think of training our pet, our mind goes strait to commands learning… like Come, Sit, Down, Stay…etc But this is one part  of this process and in fact the second in importance when our goal is a better and balanced coexistence with our beloved four-legged friend. Actually what we should focus on is educating ourselves. To understand what the animal is that we have chosen to have in our companionship, what are its needs and what is its way of communication so that we can proceed harmoniously and develop this different and very interesting relationship. The trainer, above all, should have the knowledge and willingness to explain how animals learn and communicate and how we should manage their behaviours in our daily life for a lifetime! Then comes the basic commands.

 The "reinforcement" of behaviors is in our everyday life, just as it is in the everyday lives of animals.

Reinforcement is food, is play,  is our caress, another wanted behavior but also any communication we have with the animal. All are "situations", i.e. "results" of behaviors that can either being reinforced or being suppress , but everything always depends on the animal and its needs (motivation) at the specific moment and in the environment that  the animal experiences them. Animals communicate with their body language - since spoken words means nothing to them - and this body language is extremely important. It affects the behavior of animals. A wrong interpretation of them can lead the animal to insecurity and wariness. For example, if we interpret the disasters in the house that is a result of separation anxiety as a revenge behavior of the animal that was left alone at home and consequently punish the animal for it, we put our relationship with our dog at immediate risk of serious insecurity, since suddenly and for no apparent reason to our dog we become dangerous and unpredictable. If we know how to read them and interpret them correctly, we can avoid possible such misinterpretations, we can see the problem in its true dimension and consequently we can help our dog, through the training method, to trust us and manage even our most unpleasant  absence. "Punishment" is, of course, an integral part of an animal's daily life.  But in no case should this mean scolding our dog,  practices of violence, choke collars, electric collars, spray collars and in general whatever may cause fear and insecurity in our dog. We should avoid anything that  may cause intense stress (a high level of hormones such as adrenaline, cortisol) resulting in the dog acting according to its  instinct of self protection, with the result that we may have at that time which will certainly not be pleasant and will make it difficult and block the learning process. The result is always very unpleasant for our dog, I would venture to say that it is also unpleasant for us. But certainly the most important result is the erosion of the relationship of trust with our dog. On the other hand, the control of the dog's privileges as well as the reward (reinforcement) can bring, in combination with prevention and the management of the animal's environment, the desired results without intense stress and all its negative consequences.

Ultimately training a dog is knowledge and understanding of our dog's communication system, it is the reinforcement of the desired behaviors, the absence of any  form of  punishment and finally the  training in all basic commands which are actually defined as communication with our dog through the spoken word.

For all of us here at Kynagon it is the only successful training combination.

 "Train Is A Game Use No Pain"

 

Dimosthenis Moumiadis & Koula Papadopoulou 

Kynagon Animal Trainers Academy 

 

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Dimosthenis Moumiadis

Applied Animal Behaviourist
Advanced Dip. In Applied Animal Behaviour
NCFE/ABTC/SDS/ISAP
ISAP Ambassador For Greece
ICB Full Member
UK Dog Behaviour & Training Charter Member
Τηλ. 6979986630

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Δημοσθένης Μουμιάδης CAT/CAB
Applied Animal Behaviourist
Advanced Dip. In Applied Animal Behaviour
NCFE/ABTC/SDS/ISAP
Higher Dip. In Canine Behaviour & Training
ISAP Ambassador For Greece
ICB Full Member
UK Dog Behaviour & Training Charter Member
Τηλ. 6979986630

Κούλα Παπαδοπούλου CAT/CAB
Υπεύθυνη Επικοινωνίας
Dip. in Canine Behaviour & Training
Kynagon Dog Trainers Academy / KCAT
ISAP Fellow Member
ICB Full Member
UK Dog Behaviour & Training Charter Member
Τηλ. 6979986631

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