Equipping for Training Success

In This Chapter

^ Getting yourself (and your dog) ready for training ^ Distinguishing between leashes and collars ^ Balancing fit and safety concerns ^ Taking advantage of training treats og training is no different from any other activity — you need the right equipment for the job. Many choices are available to you, and in this chapter, we address the factors that determine what training equipment to use under what circumstances.

Just because it's a collar or a leash doesn't mean you can use it to train your dog. In Chapter 2, we discuss how the mother dog teaches her puppies to stop doing something she doesn't want them to do. She uses a correction, something the puppies perceive as unpleasant, to get them to stop. This unpleasant experience, in turn, teaches the puppies the responsibility for their own behavior. A puppy says to himself, "If I use my teeth on Mommy, I'll get nailed. If I don't, mommy will lick my face." So puppy chooses not to use his teeth on Mommy. That, at any rate, is the gist of what we think is the puppy's thought process.

Teaching your dog the responsibility for his own behavior is the key to training. Therefore, the dog has to perceive the correction as unpleasant so he can avoid it. (See Chapter 2 for training descriptions and definitions.) If he doesn't perceive it as unpleasant, there's nothing to avoid, and the objectionable behavior continues. Hence, the importance of the right training equipment.

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