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Dog Training: Fifteen Principles Of Dog Pedagogy
( Originally Published 1943 )
1. All dog training is founded upon "educating" the dog, that is, drawing out of him and developing his natural abilities and instincts.
2. The command always should be given in the same words and with the same tone of voice and speed of speaking.
3. Do not lose your temper while training the dog. if you do he loses some of his respect for you as his god.
4. Do not punish the dog for failure to obey unless you are certain that he understood fully what you commanded.
5. Reward should follow after every act done properly, punishment should follow after every disobedience or failure.
6. Reward or punishment should follow quickly after the act. To punish a dog at any time other than instantly after the wrong act, is cruelty rather than a part of training, for the dog, particularly a puppy, does not connect the punishment with the act.
7. The dog is not to be fooled. He has a sense of humiliation; he has pride. If he has been taught to do a certain act, do not give him the command and then trifle with him.At all times let him see what you are doing. Always he is to understand that when you say certain things, he is to do certain things; there must not be any break in this seeming cause and effect.
8. Instruction should not be too long, as a dog, especially a young dog, tires easily. An hour twice daily is sufficient length of time for special training work.
9. Success must be at the completion of an act of training. The dog is to understand that at the end a certain thing will take place; if he is trailing, he must find the object trailed.
10. Anticipate the dog's actions. Think ahead of him. Give your command not to step over a boundary line before he reaches the line.
11. If the dog does one step wrongly, do not repeat this step but begin again at the beginning for the dog must be taught to consider only successful acts in their entirety.
12. The dog has a single-track mind. Teach one specific thing at a time. This does not mean that a training period can not include a half-dozen different tasks.
13. Try to locate each activity and command at or near the same location. If you call "brush," it should be at or near the place you groom the dog. This rule is based upon the law of association of ideas.
14. Give the dog a moment's time for carrying out your command. To demand instant obedience is to confuse the dog.
15. Have patience. The dog is not a human being. He probably is more successful as a dog than you are as a human being. His pleading liquid eyes and his wagging tail tell that he wants to do what you would have him do but that you are not as intelligent as he, else you would tell him in his language what you wish to say to him.