Why should the owner play with the dog? What does the game in dog training give?
Tatyana Romanova, instructor, specialist in home and stunt training, behavior correction, freestyle trainer
From time to time, owners ask: “Why play with a dog? And what does the dog training game give? ” Indeed, why play with a dog and how does the game affect training?
This question relates to the basic training of dogs, to the development of game motivation.
Why should the owner play with the dog?
- The game is very cool improves the dog’s contact with the owner, increases confidence in the person.
- The game can develop the dog’s persistence, increase self-confidence, initiative.
- Games are different, and this or that game can be used even when correcting behavioral problems.
- In addition, we need the game motivation of the dog, because if we usually form a new skill as food, since food calms the nervous system, then we fix the skill and “accelerate” the dog with the help of the game.
In this case, the game is a controlled excitement. We cannot use, for example, a running cat for training. We can’t tell the cat: “Now stop! Now, please jump onto a tree! Now turn left and wait until my dog calms down! ”
The game excites the dog’s nervous system, and if we taught the dog to listen and hear the owner and execute commands even during a real, intense, very honest game, when the dog’s excitement goes off scale, most likelyshe will listen and hear you in other situations, for example, in games with other dogs, if she decided to run after the cat or if she raised a hare or partridge in the field.
That is why the game is necessary in the training process.