- Understanding the Purpose of Training
Training is a method of changing your dog’s behavior. If used properly, your BigLeash Remote Trainer will you be able to train more effectively so you begin to shape your dog’s behaviors and gain better control of your dog in and outside your home.
Your remote trainer can be used to train your dog in two ways:
- To respond appropriately to action commands such as “Come”, “Sit”, “Stay”, “Heel” and “Down”.
- To eliminate inappropriate behaviors such as chasing, jumping, digging and excessive barking.
- Understanding Your Dog’s Response to the Training Signal
- Using Remote Trainers to send electronic signals (stimulation, vibration or audible tone) has been a safe and effective part of dog training for over forty years. All dogs respond differently when they feel or hear the signal. Some dogs may demonstrate little, if any, reaction, while others may yelp or jump back. If you dog ‘yelps’ when receiving an electronic stimulation, the training level is set too high.
- Set the training level just to the point of mild discomfort (like a quick tug on a leash) to get the dogs attention without creating anxiety. Anxiety will make it more difficult for him to learn.
- It is important to remember that your dog will not automatically understand what to do when he receives a training signal from the remote trainer. For training to be effective, you must understand how to use the remote trainer appropriately.
We recommend using the lowest effective correction level.
- Dog Personalities and Traits
- Keep in mind that dog personalities and traits differ among and within breeds.
- It is important to understand your dog’s unique personality.
- A gregarious dog or a dog who is easily distracted may take longer to train. Understanding your dog will make the training easier for both of you!
- Creating The Right Environment
Attitude and consistency are important!
- Keep the training “light”. Use lots of praise. Keep the dog’s spirits high.
- Use high a happy voice for praise. Use a low, stern voice for negative commands. Use calm, soothing tones to keep eager, energetic dogs focused; and enthusiastic praise to keep quiet dogs engaged in the activity.
- In the early stages, limit the training session to 15-20 minutes. Include periods of free play and praise to keep your dog enthusiastic and happy.
- Consistency and Timing
Consistency is critical for successful training.
- Timing of the training signal is also critical. The signal must occur at the time of the behavior. If the behavior is not occurring when the training signal is sent, the dog will not associate the signal with the behavior.
If you want your dog to stop digging in the yard, the training signal must occur while the dog is digging, not later when you find the hole.
For more specific training suggestions, please refer to your **Owner’s Guide.