Dog trainers are working to improve their dogs’ behaviour by teaching them to take up running, walk and chase.
But as many dog owners learn to enjoy their pets, the question of how to train them to become more independent is coming up again.
We’re all about independence now, according to the popular motto of the dog training industry.
But the key question is how?
Here are some tips to get you started: What is running?
“A dog is a very fast animal and there are many reasons why,” says Dr Lisa Tomsch, founder of the Australian Association for Dog Training.
“Their body also has a very limited range of motion and they can only use a small range of their joints. “
“When they walk, their joints are flexible, so when they are running they are able to stretch and flex their joints to their maximum potential.” “
Some dog owners like to train their dogs to do things such as sniffing or jumping on things, so that when they catch a scent or find a hidden object, they will not run away. “
When they walk, their joints are flexible, so when they are running they are able to stretch and flex their joints to their maximum potential.”
Some dog owners like to train their dogs to do things such as sniffing or jumping on things, so that when they catch a scent or find a hidden object, they will not run away.
But there is no evidence that this training actually helps dogs to become independent, says Dr Tomsk.
What about chasing?
There is no scientific evidence that training dogs to chase a toy or other object will help them become independent.
However, it’s a technique that is gaining popularity in dog training circles and some trainers say it is worth trying.
Dr Tomesch says that in her experience, dogs that do a lot more than just running do very well with the training, as long as they are kept in a calm, controlled environment.
“A lot of people have noticed that they can actually improve their dog’s behaviour in a small group setting,” she says.
A lot is about training your dog to be independent, not running. “
There’s a very clear difference in how they behave in that environment and that behaviour is going to be much more stable.”
A lot is about training your dog to be independent, not running.
Do you want to be more independent and enjoy yourself with your dog, or do you want a dog that you can train to run?
What is a walking test? “
So, it depends on your own training style and how much you enjoy the dog.”
What is a walking test?
Dr Toming says that the most effective way to help your dog become independent is to take them to a walking range and have them do a number of tasks in the distance.
“It’s a short distance of around 10 metres and you have to do it with your eyes closed,” she explains.
“If you do it quickly, your dog may become distracted by the noise and might start to run away, so you can get the signal that they are on their own.”
If you go a bit longer and it’s more gradual, then you can start to see that the dog is actually responding.
You can start seeing them walk more slowly and they will be able to follow the rules of the exercise.
“She says it’s important to teach your dog that they don’t need to be running away from you, and that they shouldn’t chase objects, too.
“Your dog has to learn to do this. “
You want your dog’s feet to be moving with the ground, so your feet are not in a fixed position,” she adds.
“Your dog has to learn to do this.
Sometimes your dog will become frustrated and run away if they aren’t being trained.”