Before you start training your dog, consider all the factors which have an impact. These are questions which provide a framework for training the whole dog.
- Will this training goal raise leadership issues? Which ones, and how will they show up?
- What drives will your dog have to be in to perform these actions? How does this relate to your dog’s drive profile?
- What intrinsic and learned rewards will motivate your dog to learn and to maintain this behaviour?
- What training steps will be involved in teaching this? Can you set them out in advance?
- What contingencies will operate to influence your dog’s behaviour?
- What potential is there for my dog to become stressed doing this?
- What physical demands does it place on my dog, and are there any health issues to be concerned about?
- What reflexes and emotions might be triggered by this training exercise, and how will you condition your dog appropriately?
- What body language or other means of communication will be evident in this training exercise?
- Will you be using or relying on physical control/management, on teaching your dog to respond to a command, or internalising behaviour?