The attachment of the first contact is not enough for the full-fledged happy life of the dog. That is, of course, if the dog is given in his hands, enjoys human affection, glad to meet with a person and is sad when parting, this is great, but most often at the beginning of the adaptation path we talk more about the formation of the dog’s emotional connection. Attachment occurs later.
Why train a wild dog?
The attachment differs from the emotional connection and is manifested in the fact that in the presence of the owner the dog becomes more active, studies more actively the world around him, bolder refers to new objects, in case of danger, she runs to seek protection from the owner, which she begins to perceive as a security base.
It is against the background of attachment that the dog begins to produced confidence in a person. The predictability and understandability of human actions help the development of trust. After all, the more understandable to us the object, the better we know it, the less we are afraid of it. And here the training of a wild dog helps us a lot.
On the one hand, she gives the dog another additional keys to understanding what a person expects from the dog, what kind of dog behavior is pleased to him, what displeasure delivers. Just as we teach a child, the basics of life in society, and a wild dog with the help of training, we teach life in human society, life with its person.
On the other hand, the training carried out using the operant method, where the dog is an active participant in the learning process, where we actively and often encourage the right solutions of our ward, rejoice in his micropobes, teaches the dog to focus on a person, strengthens the dog with self-confidence and in itA person teaches initiative, self-control and the ability to fight frustration.
On the third party, training in new commands and tricks gives the dog the necessary mental load and helps to cope with fears and timidity.
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Where to start training a wild dog?
I understand that it sounds more than beautiful, but I want specifics. I generally believe that dogs are amazing creatures that can learn a huge amount of information, that they can be trained all their lives and with the right approach to training, the dog will adore training. But if we are talking about former-fidget dogs in the work on rehabilitation and adaptation, I consider the command of calling a particularly important command. It is important for all dogs, but especially for wild.
Quite often, a wild dog, which does not trust a person yet, breaks off the leash or turns out of the collar/harness for the first 6 months. If such an incident happens, in most cases we are faced with the fact that the dog, which is free and not trained in invoice, first seeks to return, approach the owner, but at the last steps he robs with his hand extended to her and bounces back. Having made several attempts to approach a person, the dog drives himself into a state of stress, which she is no longer ready to resist, and she chooses a different option – she goes further, driving herself more and more in a position when approaching a person becomes worse.
I know quite a lot of stories when a wild dog, who lived for 6. 9 months in a family without proper work of a specialist, broke once from a leash (by chance or from fear of fireworks or other fears), did not give me in her hands, and then completely ran away. That is why I consider it a paramount task to develop a call.
There are many methods of work, but they must be chosen, guided by the features of each individual dog. The only very important point is: working out the call (like the rest of the training, but calling us all) should always be conducted in a joyful channel, should always promise the dog Mountain of food, games of games, thousands of caressing hands.
The next important skill I consider the ability to walk on a sagging leash. Not only and not so much the sake of the comfort of a person who walks the dog (Although, of course, for him too), but it is important for us that a former-firing dog feels comfortable accompanied by a person. Well, you probably know that the stretched leash often provokes aggression, and also leads to pain in the dog.
Another important skill is the complex (sitting-standing) for overall development and with the aim of further development of stops from movement and endurance. The dog is learned quite quickly, makes it with pleasure, and often in stressful situations for a dog, her attention can be switched to yourself, using the commands familiar to her, which are associated with something pleasant.
The “Down” command may be more complicated for mastering the wild dog. It is associated with trust and the need to control what is happening around. The position of Down makes the dog quite vulnerable in case of danger, it is inconvenient to run away from Down from Down. Therefore, I advise you not to force events: if the dog is not ready to go to guidance, if it begins to actively look around, show stress signals, it is better to stop at the development of the commands to “sit” and “stand”, and return later to ”Down! ” Later, as the dog’s confidence is formed.
Top 3 things I do with every wild dog
Exposure is also extremely important, it is used in many contexts, but I will indicate a particular role in the case of timid dogs, which everywhere follow a person, cannot relax and howl even when a person leaves to take a shower. Of course, one excerpt will not solve the problem of increased anxiety of the dog, this problem solves in the complex, but the endurance, the ability to stay in the place indicated by the person where the dog performs the exercise and knows that the person will return and reward it for waiting, is an important element in the complex of measures.
I also highly recommend constantly working on training commands in which a person either hangs over the dog, or requires her immediate proximity.
Wild dogs tend to stay at a safe distance from a person for quite a long time, very clearly observing their individual distance. As you recall, most of our work with the Dichka is aimed at gradually, gently, to get the dog from its zone of uncomfortable comfort, to expand the horizons. To teach the fact that a person is a creature is not terrible and not dangerous, that some hanging does not promise evil and pain, but will be rewarded. Moreover, we strive to show the dog that the most “hearty” place is just close to a person, at his left leg, for example. That is why I recommend teaching the dog to tightly twist in the main position (command "Heel") and walking near the foot of a person.
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Trick training of a wild dog
Next, I will list some of the trick commands that I make sure to use when working with a wild dog.
We start with tops and yules (circling around ourselves in one direction and the other). When teaching these commands, a person hangs his hand over the dog for a split second. That is, we gradually and gently introduce the understanding that hanging, which in dog language is interpreted as a threat, but in our daily life with a dog is practically necessary (to wash and dry paws, fasten a leash, etc.), in our world is not a threatis.
When the dog has mastered these simplest tricks, we teach it to walk like a snake – the essence is the same, a person can hang over, but this is not scary at all. Here the dog is trained to walk through the arches formed by the legs.
At the same stage, you can train the dog to enter the arch from the legs backwards (and then we first hang over the dog with the body, turning its croup towards us, and then we lead it into the arch from the legs).
Domik is also a great command. When doing it, the dog comes to our feet and stays there. Often, dogs that have learned this command, at the moment of danger, run to the owner and hide in his "house" – this situation, if the dog trusts the person, is species-typical for her – this is how puppies hide between the mother's front paws in case of danger.
Next, I will list a few commands related to "knocking out the soil" from under the paws. Learning these commands teaches the dog to trust the person and helps build confidence. I recommend teaching wild dogs to tear off their front paws on command and put them on the surfaces that the person suggests, do Bunny (in a sitting position, rise in a column), do somersaults and Down on their side.
Of course, when teaching these “uncomfortable” commands, it must be taken into account that mastering them requires a large psycho-emotional load from the dog, so I do not recommend simultaneously learning more than two commands that are uncomfortable for the dog, always after a session of teaching an uncomfortable command, give the dog a relaxation – play with it or justrun around (running contributes to the production of endorphins), switch to the execution of your favorite command.
The process of training, built by the operant method, is useful and enjoyable for both partners. A person sincerely rejoices and admires the victories of the dog, the dog rejoices that it is appreciated, praised and fed or played. In my opinion, it is the training process that facilitates the development of trust in a person and is the golden key to a further happy partnership with a wild dog.