Beginner’s Dog Training Guide : How To Train A Superdog, Step By Step by Gwen Bailey
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This comprehensive manual provides an accessible approach to comprehending canine behavior and training, drawing on the latest findings concerning canine intelligence. Selecting an ideal breed for your lifestyle is explored, along with essential tips on keeping your pup in top shape through proper exercise, nutrition, and grooming.
With its straightforward instructions and accompanying illustrations, this guide covers every aspect of dog ownership and training, ranging from basic obedience to advanced tricks. Bursting with insightful advice and practical strategies, this book empowers you to become the proud owner of a joyful, healthy, and well-mannered pup.
Featuring over 800 crystal-clear photographs, you’ll have a visual roadmap to ensure your success. Whether you’re a novice pet owner, experienced caregiver, or simply intrigued by training theory and dog psychology, this volume is a must-have resource.
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It’s All About the Dogs: Guest Gwen Bailey and Puppy Training Tips
Welcome to another edition of “It’s All About the Dogs”! I’m your host George Carlin and today we have a special guest, Gwen Bailey, joining us from the United Kingdom. Gwen is a renowned speaker, author, and trainer who has made remarkable contributions to the field of dog training. She has written 12 books, sold over 140,000 copies worldwide, and runs a program called Puppy School. In this article, we will delve into the benefits of puppy school and Gwen’s insights on various dog training topics.
Gwen and I met back in 1996 during a conference where we discussed new training methods and behavior. It’s incredible to see how far we’ve come since then! Today, we will focus on some key aspects of dog training: teaching bite inhibition and using rewards effectively.
Teaching Bite Inhibition
When it comes to teaching bite inhibition, Gwen challenges the conventional wisdom. She believes that dogs naturally learn how to use their mouths just as we learn to use our hands. While it’s important to prevent extreme biting situations, she argues that puppies don’t need to be explicitly taught bite inhibition. Instead, the focus should be on redirecting their biting behavior onto toys and teaching them that human skin is off-limits.
Gwen highlights the importance of teaching puppies how to play properly with toys. Many novice owners struggle with toy play, which can inadvertently lead to puppies biting their hands or clothing. By teaching owners proper play techniques, puppies can direct their biting behavior to toys rather than humans.
Using Rewards Effectively
Gwen emphasizes the use of rewards, such as food or play, in dog training. She addresses the common concern of owners who worry about using food as a reward throughout their dog’s life. To this, Gwen poses a simple question: would you work without being paid?
According to Gwen, it’s important to recognize that learning is hard work for puppies, just as it is for humans. Offering rewards during the learning process provides puppies with motivation and helps them understand what behaviors lead to rewards. Over time, owners can gradually reduce the frequency and quantity of rewards, as the puppy learns to associate certain cues and behaviors with positive outcomes.
Gwen also stresses the significance of teaching puppies to focus on toys rather than human skin. By introducing and maintaining a strong association between toys and biting behavior, puppies naturally learn to redirect their biting onto appropriate objects.
The Importance of Early Training
Both Gwen and I agree that early training is crucial for setting the foundation for a well-behaved dog. Gwen advises starting training as early as possible, ideally before the puppy reaches 20 weeks of age. By teaching and socializing puppies at a young age, owners can prevent behavioral issues and provide them with the necessary skills to navigate the world around them.
Additionally, Gwen encourages owners to continue training and learning throughout their dog’s life. Even if you adopt an older dog, don’t hesitate to go back and reinforce the basic training as if they were a puppy. It’s never too late to shape a dog’s behavior and provide them with the best life possible.
Gwen Bailey is a renowned expert in dog training who provides valuable insights on various topics. By understanding the principles of bite inhibition and effective reward use, owners can cultivate a positive and harmonious relationship with their furry companions. Remember, training is an ongoing process, and early training sets the foundation for a lifetime of good behavior. Keep learning and experimenting, and you’ll have a happy and well-behaved dog!