Orientation training for dog and owner

If your dog does what he wants without paying attention to you, it is time for orientation training. You and your four-legged friend learn to pay attention to each other and understand each other better. Read here what exactly the goals and contents of such training are. These two apparently passed the orientation training with distinction and are a great team - Shutterstock / Olena Yakobchuk

Especially in critical situations, it is essential that your dog does not make his own decisions, but instead reassures you beforehand how he should behave. But otherwise it is safer for your four-legged friend if he pays attention to you and follows you.

If he does not, you can learn in orientation training how to draw your dog's attention back, improve the communication between you and your pet and build mutual trust.

What is orientation training for?

Unlike cats, dogs have been bred from the start to work with humans. Cats have not been domesticated for so long and have been brought to humans as independent exterminators - only in the course of the last century have they been discovered as pets that keep people company and share their lives with them, even if they only have mice for fun chasing and not just to survive. Dogs and humans, on the other hand, have been a firm team for tens of thousands of years and the four-legged friend should always help his owner. In principle, dogs are based on their owners in their disposition.

Now, however, dogs are also very learnable and they always do what they find most rewarding and pleasant. For example, if your dog notices that you are not responding to his reinsurance looks or does not understand his indications that he is waiting for an instruction from you, he will eventually stop waiting or paying attention to your decision. Then he makes his own decisions and does what he wants. For example, when walking, this means that he sniffs the ground devotedly and further away from you, that he runs away because he saw something interesting or a potential prey somewhere. Or he randomly eats things he finds on the floor, which can be life-threatening in the case of a poison bait. The orientation training serves to bring the dog and owner closer together again and to rekindle the attention for each other.

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What happens with dog and owner during orientation training?

The technical term for when dogs start to ignore their humans and follow their own decisions is self-reward. Orientation training teaches you how to prevent yourself from being rewarded with correct rewards and how to work with positive reinforcement. Clicker training or clicker training without clicker for the dog are also used. Furthermore, you and your dog practice attention training through eye contact. Your four-legged friend should learn not to follow his spontaneous impulses without a look and a reinsurance with you; You should learn to perceive the subtle signs and looks of your dog and react accordingly.

It is also about improving the cooperation between dog and owner. In addition, you will also learn optimal holding techniques to keep your dog safely on a leash. So-called radio training is about your four-legged friend not moving out of your sphere of influence. The orientation training is usually carried out on the towline and you will usually receive important tips and exercises for the dog walk in the dog school.