Few things are more rewarding than setting a performance goal for your dog and then accomplishing that goal as a team. In this manual I am going to lead you, step by step, to a successful result: An obedient dog that loves to work and be with you. There will be frustrating training sessions where everything does not go as planned, but as long as you keep your focus, you will reach your goal.
Let me emphasize right now that electronic training is safe. No harm will come to your dog if you follow the steps I set up for you. This program is built on more than 20 years of success with virtually every breed. Many people are concerned that e-training will cause their dog to dislike them or lose its happy and playful attitude. This will not happen if you follow two very important rules:
- Follow the steps in the order I’m presenting them. Do not jump ahead.
- Be careful about accepting outside coaching or information. There are many good professional trainers capable of training your dog, and they have their own programs, but their methods may not be compatible with this one. And many wellmeaning but less-experienced folks will toss out information that may not be best for you or your dog.
When finished with this training, you and your dog should be able to comfortably face most any distraction while you maintain total control. We will start with very simple goals in our training sessions and move forward at a pace prescribed by your dog, not a timetable. Initially, you will learn to properly use a leash and then progress to verbal commands and obedience drills. Only after these skills have been mastered will you start using the e-collar. From there the lessons will become more challenging.
No matter what phase of training you’re in, attitude should always be top of mind. This is one of the most important words I will mention. First, your attitude toward your dog should be very positive and direct without a lot of unnecessary chatter. Straightforward, one-word, simple commands will make your dog’s job easier.
As important as your attitude is, your dog’s attitude is the one that requires the most attention. If your dog is walking around with head down and tail tucked, you need to back off and slow down. There will be a fair amount of mental pressure during this program. Most folks think of physical pressure during training but in reality, most of the pressure your dog feels will be mental. When this occurs, I will explain to you how to relieve that pressure and get the tail wagging again. A happy dog learns faster, so make sure both your and your dog’s attitudes are positive.
OK, let’s get started with turning this business of dog training into part of your daily routine.