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Boxer Dog Training in Queensland

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You love your boxer dog and want to help him to be the finest he can be. Then it is incredibly essential that he receives the required training he needs. As opposed to other dogs, boxers aren’t a high maintenance breed. If you’d like him to behave, you have to make sure he gets enough exercise. As far as training goes, an optimistic enforcement method like treat training could work well with your boxer dog. The Boxer of course is not an intense or vicious breed like all dogs, needs socialization with people along with other dogs. Boxers are often patient with smaller dogs and pups, but problems with bigger adult dogs, particularly those of the same sex, might happen. 

Boxers are often much more comfortable with friendship, in both human or dogs form. Boxers are truly a lovable family dog and make an excellent pet for anybody. Boxers are calm dogs which will usually not bark without cause. They’re of a medium build and robust dog breed that got its name from its habit of standing on the hind legs to start a battle and boxing with the front paws. Boxers are a full of energy, smart and playful breed and have a tendency to be very good with children. They’re active dogs and need lots of exercise to prevent boredom related behaviors like chewing or digging. 

Boxers have earned a slight trustworthiness of being Headstrong, which may be related to improper obedience training. Owing to their intellect and working breed features, training based on modifications usually has limited utility. Boxers, like other animals, usually react better to positive reinforcement techniques like clicker training, a strategy based on conditioning and behaviorism, which gives the dog an opportunity to think independently and also to solve problems by himself. All through history it’s been trained as seeing eye dogs, police dogs, seeing eye dogs, hunting dogs, and guard dogs. Training your boxer dog is the finest thing you may do for him. 

The Power of Positive Reinforcement in Dog Training: An Evaluation

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Those of you who have been following our blog will have read the coverage of negative dog training we did earlier. This post focuses on a popular and viable alternative: positive dog training.

For those who came in late, dog training can be negative and positive. Negative training implies physically punishing a dog’s failure to follow orders with immediate reinforcement, and while it is a very conventional method of dog training that is effective in certain scenarios, it is largely regarded as barbaric and primitive. Positive training, on the other hand, focuses on rewarding a dog’s success with food or affection. Here is more about it.

A Bit of History

The earliest mention of positive reinforcement that can be found in literature is in novelist Jack London’s books “Call of the Wild” and “White Fang”, both written in the late 1800s. However, the idea that positive reinforcement might be a viable alternative to punishment in behaviour modification was proposed by B F Skinner, an American cognitive psychologist, in 1971. However, in spite of its relatively antiquated roots, the technique only became popular in the latter half of the 20th century.

About the Technique

As stated earlier, positive dog training in Sunshine Coast focuses on rewards. Here is how it works – every time your dog learns to follow your instructions, you reward it. The “reward” can be physical and/or psychological. Physical rewards include foods and have a very immediate effect on the training. Psychological rewards are often just as effective as physical rewards and include affectionate gestures toward the dog. Studies have shown that in most household scenarios, dogs actually respond more to positive reinforcement than to punishment, and that with a reward-based system, canines grow up to be healthy adults with little or no collateral complications, which leads to them living longer and happier.

Pros and Cons

1. Positive reinforcement alone works best with dog breeds that are not aggressive. Certain aggressive breeds of dogs often require controlled amounts of negative reinforcement especially as adults.

2. Just like negative reinforcement, a dog will only associate a positive reinforcement with success when it is immediate. If your dog follows your order now and a reward is only imparted after say, fifteen seconds, it is likely that the dog will not manage to associate the reward with the (now distant) act of success. This will eventually confuse the dog and lead to complications that could be unmanageable at home.

3. “Rewards” in the form of food, when given repeatedly to a dog, often results in physical complications such as weight gain, heart and liver problems, and reduces the vitality and life span of a dog. There are most sophisticated dog training techniques such as “clicker “ training that uses a clicker as a replacement to a treat after a certain duration of time. Clicker training is probably the most used training technique by professional dog trainers in Sunshine Coast at the moment because it is safe from all perspectives and delivers quick results.

Training Your Dog With a Clicker: What It’s All About

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Clicker training is a specific form of positive dog training that has grown significantly in popularity over the past decade. While it was initially only used on domestic pets to teach them new tricks, it is now used even to train police dogs because of its effectiveness when implemented properly. This article will introduce clicker training as a method for dog training in Queensland focus on when it can and cannot be used.

What is a clicker?

A clicker is contraption small enough to fit in your palm or in your pocket that generates a sonorous “clicking” sound at the press of a button. As we will see in a few sentences, this is of paramount importance to dog trainers in Queensland.

Why Use It?

Clickers are used as a substitute to frequent treats, or to signal to the dog that it has done something right. The instant your dog does something right, you click the clicker. Over time, your dog will learn to associate the click with success. It is more effective than treats for the following reason:

Unlike humans, dogs have a very short attention span. If your dog does something right and you give it a treat twenty seconds later, the dog may not associate the act with the treat at all. In fact, it has been shown that in such incidents, dogs actually associate the success with the act of them looking up at their owner. This is where the clicker comes in handy. It is a two-step process where in the dog learns to associate success with the clicker and the clicker with a reward.

Here’s how you do it – you give the dog an order and when it follows it, you use the clicker and give it a treat. After repeating this process over a considerable period of time, you proceed to use the clicker without the treat, but the dog responds with equal alacrity. To keep the process going, treats are required at fixed intervals of time, usually measured by the number of clicks between subsequent treats.

Why it is Good

The key upside of clicker training is that it incorporates positive reinforcement without actually overloading your pet with treats. The clicker comes with no health complications and is easy to use and implement. On the other side, the remarkable lack of punishment or other forms of negative reinforcement implies that the dog’s emotional growth will be healthy, thereby leading to it living a long and happy life.

Potential downsides

A key potential downside of clicker training that is often highlighted by the advocates of negative reinforcement is that dogs often refuse to obey just the clicker once the treats are made scarce. Moreover, clicker training takes more time than negative reinforcement and is often discouraged where a time constraint is involved in the training.

In a nutshell, clicker training in Queensland is one of the most advanced and well-rounded approaches to dog training that is as effective as any conventional method in spite of being devoid of violence.

That is one perspective – NOT one I agree with but posted for you to think about perhaps-I prefer tactile reward and or click of fingers that engender physical contact in order to strengthen and maintain a bond between handler and canine.

Why Are some Dogs More Difficult To Train?

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Those working as professional dog trainers in Brisbane frequently come across owners who are at their wit’s end trying to train their dog to live cooperatively in their homes. In fact – a popular belief out there is that there are dogs out there that are un-trainable. However, not only is this belief untrue, it is also illogical – being out of control and troublesome not only makes life difficult for the owner, it also frustrates the dog. It is only natural that a canine in distress would work constructively to work its way out of it – that’s survival instinct. Why then, is it that some breeds of dogs are more difficult to train than others, and that certain dogs, irrespective of their breed, simply don’t respond to training even when done over lengthy periods of time?

Unmanageable Dogs

Many proficient trainers in Queensland think that the word “training” is often a misnomer of sorts, since the objective for most household dogs is not so much to impart specific skills to a dog as it is to teach them how to live in a human household. It’s only “training” if you’re teaching it tricks; at all other instance it is just communication.

Similarly to human babies, dogs will only act right when they feel right. Hence, an unmanageable dog immediately implies some sort of a communication barrier – that is – either the dog doesn’t understand what the trainer tries to communicate, or the trainer doesn’t understand the dog’s point of view. Here are some of the common behavioural traits that render a dog unmanageable:

1. Aggression for food or with other animals and even children
2. Being insubordinate – pulling on the leash etc.
3. Excessive barking
4. Biting
5. Chewing on furniture or other objects not meant to be chewed
6. Over-enthusiasm: jumping on people trying to get affection
7. Toilet-training issues
8. Uncontrollable anxiety – crying, wetting, overtly defensive behaviour

Most of these behavioural traits arise because the dog and the trainer are not on the same page. The purpose of effective dog training is to break the communication barrier through innovative modes of communication. Professional trainers who have been dealing with dogs for their entire work lives understand the issues perturbing a dog with surprising skill, and the issue often resolves itself quickly and simply. Note here, that every now and then, dog trainers come across canines living in households containing one or more genuinely abusive trainers (and this abuse can be either deliberate or inadvertent), and in such instances, it is informing the owner that is more essential than training the dog.

Online courses and informative content on dog training tips and tricks will often only cover basic techniques that any dog owner can try at home. However, dogs that prove themselves difficult to manage often require a more professional approach towards training and the pertinent and effective care that comes from being in the proximity of professional dog trainer. With the right perspective and methodology, dogs are really not that difficult to train.