There are loads of coaching movies on Fb that I submit. I do it for quite a lot of causes, principally as a result of I consider that we should always share our information with the canine group generously and in return profit from the information others share, to develop our abilities as people and a group.
Whereas nearly all of the feedback I obtain are optimistic and sometimes result in fascinating spin-off conversations, one sort of essential suggestions stands out:
The grievance that I’ve Border Collies.
(For different trainers in my state of affairs, “Border Collies” can within the following paragraphs get replaced by: Malinois, German Shepherd Canine, Heeler and so forth.)
The reasoning behind this criticism goes like this: A Border Collie likes to work and can work with you no matter your coaching philosophy, he’s naturally obedient, catches on rapidly and doesn’t stop.
Subsequently, he’s going to make no matter strategy to a selected conduct you present look profitable and marvelous, even when it’s not.
I partly agree with this. Border Collies (some greater than others) like to work to a fault, and lots of will tolerate even the wildest coaching concepts. In agility, a apply of operating sizzling wires over bars to maintain canine from bar knocking has been used previously – clearly you would want a reasonably pushed canine to return to leaping with you after he has been shocked by the leap bar. I’ve seen many Border Collies put into coaching conditions the place they failed repeatedly and had been scolded, however had been resilient sufficient to maintain on making an attempt even after the 20th and thirtieth fail. This undoubtedly is a trait that we don’t see in all different breeds.
The explanation I’ve Border Collies myself nevertheless is way from “I desire a canine who can tolerate corrections and repeated failure”. I picked the breed as a result of I wished an agile, wholesome, medium-sized canine to accompany me on my back-country adventures, to play with me, to come back educating with me and, sure, to do agility with. However coaching solely makes up 5% of our time spent collectively, why ought to I decide a canine who I like to coach however don’t prefer to dwell with?
Humorous sufficient, my first Border Collie turned out to be something however a hard-headed, resilient employee who takes corrections stoically and tries once more. Fusion is the softest canine I’ve met to date, whose coronary heart will get damaged by as a lot as a “sure” that’s a bit much less enthusiastic than common.
I took him to a coaching facility when he was 5 months outdated and he broke his sit keep. The trainer took him by the collar and put him again into his place. Fusion melted right into a puddle on the ground and didn’t transfer once more for the rest of the lesson. This was not going to work with him.
When coaching him, there’s by no means a query of whether or not or to not use corrections and repeated failure – the truth is, after we began out, I educated him with two several types of meals: cat kibble for making an attempt (aka failing), and canine treats for succeeding.
I practice with loads of completely different breeds. Within the final two days these had been a German Shepherd, three Golden Retrievers, two Labradors, a bunch of outgoing Doodles (these all the time make me snort), three Terriers, a shy Poodle, a loopy Poodle, a Briard, some Australian Shepherds, some all-American mixes and my very own Border Collies.
I do differ my strategy barely for the completely different breeds. Nevertheless, these little changes tackle principally administration parameters: use a dynamic reward technique for the shy Poodle, much less physique motion of the Goldens’ homeowners as this places them excessive simply and a bit cool-down It’s Yer Selection in between workouts for the loopy ones. The final coaching define nevertheless is precisely the identical.
Operant conditioning works. It really works on horses and chickens and fish. In the event you do it proper and ensure to observe your three pillars (Timing, Standards, Price of Reinforcement), it’s going to work on canine, irrespective of the breed.
Make your coaching clutter-free: no pointless, poorly educated cues, no frantic mixing of rewards and corrections (“No…no…NO! Sure, okay. No!”), no leaping steps when elevating standards, reward what you want as typically as potential.
(Don’t assume that after getting educated a conduct it doesn’t must be educated and strengthened once more – keep in mind the well-known quote A conduct is both enhancing or deteriorating.)
Anyway, listed below are two coaching movies from the final days, with not-a-Border-Collie. Who I, by the way, practice precisely the identical method that I might practice her if she was a Border Collie.
Practice the canine, not the breed, in entrance of you.
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