Trainers who work with dogs need a rethink on how they train them, according to a new study from University of Auckland researchers.
They found that trainers who use a collar or other means of restraint and other methods of training the dogs to sit and lie down could be more effective than those who use only the standard methods of dog training.
The researchers also found that dogs trained using both methods had fewer problems than those trained using only the collar method.
In a commentary on the study, Professor Peter Aiken from the University of Otago said: “In most contexts we’re using the same methods to train dogs, but the way in which we do it has a lot to do with how we’re trained.”
When we do things that are repetitive, that’s what makes us think we can get better results from the same method, so it’s not just about a collar.
“In our study, the collar technique was the least effective and it didn’t appear that the use of other methods helped a lot.”
It’s not surprising that we don’t see that many dogs being trained using the standard techniques.
We’re not training the dog to be a human. “
The reason it’s so important is that a dog is a social animal, and we need to understand how that affects how we train the dog.”
We’re not training the dog to be a human.
We’re training the animal to respond to human touch.
“The researchers found that people who had trained their dogs to walk by placing them in an appropriate location, then providing a reward, had better results than those that had trained the dogs on a treadmill.
In addition, people who did not train their dogs by placing the dog on a bench had better training results than people who used a collar and other means to restrain them.
They also found the more times a dog had been trained to sit on the ground, the less the dogs health problems occurred.
Dr Rachel Ritchie from the Department of Animal Science at the University at Albany, New York, said the results of the study showed that it was possible to train a dog to sit comfortably without using a collar, while also using appropriate methods to restrain the dog in a way that was safe and consistent with the health and welfare of the dog’s owner.
Dr Ritchie said: ”This study is one step closer to bringing an end to the use and misuse of aversive training methods.”
The findings highlight the need for more research to better understand the effectiveness of different types of training methods and the implications for the care of dogs in the home and society.
“There’s a need for a better understanding of the safety and efficacy of all types of restraint, including restraint used by veterinarians, so that we can develop safe and effective techniques for controlling and managing these conditions.”
The research has been published in the journal Animal Behaviour.
The study is the latest to look at the use, misuse and care of a collar in dogs.
A recent report from the UK’s National Dog Health and Safety Authority (NDHA) found that there were over 3,000 dog-related deaths and 1,300 injuries caused by a collar collar.
Topics:dogs,training,health,health-policy,dogs,australiaFirst posted January 21, 2020 09:59:58Contact Sue Marder