Basic Dog Training Methodologies

Chris Quebedeau works as a certified divorce financial analyst with Pinnacle Divorce Financial Analysis in New Orleans, Louisiana. When he is not working, Chris Quebedeau enjoys bow hunting and training his hunting dogs.

Training a hunting dog requires considerable time, effort, and most of all, patience. Before owners can begin training their dogs to hunt, they must first provide them with some basics. There are three methodologies for early training. Lure-and-reward allows a trainer to use some type of treat, generally food, to manipulate the dog’s posture into the desired position. As lure-and-reward progresses, owners should replace the treat with praise until the dog performs the behavior on command alone.

Compulsion-and-praise training, on the other hand, makes use of various physical actions as well as training equipment. Compulsion is a better form of training to use after the owner has successfully taught the command, with physical or equipment-aided modification being more effective as a corrective measure rather than a punishment for failing to learn a new command. After the dog has achieved the desired result, praise should be given verbally or physically.

Finally, marker training involves the implementation of an auditory or visual cue that becomes associated with the correct behavior. Markers are used in combination with a toy or food treat to help the dog associate the marker’s positioning with positive reinforcement. After time praise can take the form of a smile, and in certain cases the marker itself can be done away with.

Forming a trusting relationship with a hunting dog is essential during the canine’s first few months of life. These basic training methods not only allow owner and animal to spend time together, but also help the dog understand how to obey commands in various situations. After basic training has been completed, owners can begin to train the dog to hunt.