HOW TO TRAIN A DOG FOR RESCUE
Many drivers would like to start without making a mistake... But know that everything the world does. However, if you are familiar with some specific training steps to the rescue disciplines, you will avoid having surprises at the end having a journey.
Many people tell us: I don't understand, It worked well at first, but now he's doesn't do anything anymore. Moral, returning to fundamentals is not a waste of time. I will try to give you a little synthesis of my techniques for starting a dogrescue (except for water and tracking) without, of course, going into detail since any explanation will not replace field training.
Contrary to popular belief, it is important to do all the implementation outside the research field in such a way that the animal can be permanently under control of his master.
The first step is what is called "the designation".
The designation is what?: it is the most appropriate action to warn your master of the discovery of an individual. It may be the barking, or when the dog to the handler, a position (designation free) or the report of an object in the mouth (brings).
Teach the dog to designate an individual
lying on the ground, sitting, standing, hidden in
a tree, buried in a hole or in a movement is not so obvious as that but it's an important step to take.
as precisely as possible on sight and on a short distance then you will move on to the second step
commonly referred to as "detection".
What is detection?: It's the point of from sight to smell to detect the presence of an individual.
Usually, this operation takes place nose to the wind for the animal, following a so that the latter can design by detecting several people on one side and spaced from each other of about 10 m.
As soon as these first two steps were successful
assimilated by dogs, start working on its third step called the "quest".
What is a quest? It's a technique or a method of progression on a field, under the control of the master and which consists of also to the animal taking distance with the driver. You can also call
this technique "dirigibility".
Generally, I do this exercise in a field with hidden victims at more than 50 m from the central road. While progressing in the center of this field, I send my dog on the left and right until a victim is identified. This exercise also allows me to adjust the presentation of the land to the animal, evaluation of his assurance and to determine the meaning of a search most suitable for my dog.
Then comes the last step, which consists of a search for one or more victims on a field.
What is research? What is research? It is an action to explore or beat the ground as effectively as possible. It is a good idea to start on the ground rather than on the ground. easy so that the animal can take self-confidence, but don't hesitate to change in the field by increasing the scope and
number of victims. Before any research, a good master knows his way around be concerned with the strength and direction of the wind, time and its evolution, type of the field and his dog.
It is not really useful to draw upon the field of research since all the important steps have been taken before and that only appropriate conduct of the dog and good field management is necessary.
THE MONITOR, ANOTHER DIMENSION OF RESCUE:
Lemoniteures another rescue configuration. Its objective is not to compete, but to transmit his knowledge and supervise dogs in the discipline. Three criteria are in my opinion very important for a monitor to have a minimum of credibility. I will call all these criteria: the per :
- P for "protocol": i. e. it is important that he can know perfectly well all the steps of the training;
- E for "experience": over time the instructor must have a very good knowledge of his discipline;
- R for "feeling": he must be aware of the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of his action on the dog or the team (hear everything, listen to everything, but do not do everything).
A good monitor can come from two currents :
- Associative: he will have acquired his skills
by its gratis investment; or else
- Economic: his job will have oriented him towards research disciplines in order to find them
also a financial interest.
Then, it must pose the question according to
of its objectives, its audience and the time that felt that it was necessary to guide its courses with more theory or practice, knowing that too much technique undresses the master's perception of the animal. If he lingers too long on explanations a master will have great difficulty analyzing the positive or negative action of his dog The instructor must have prepared in advance, an almost entertaining playful program for dog teams so that the latter takes a maximum of pleasure in each of their actions.
It also means asking the question what is the purpose of my training and I claim what, am I legitimate? This will undoubtedly lead him to reflect on himself and to make greater use of its skills. Then you may have to deal with two people
types of trainers. The first one has an activity already in contact with the animals or with the environment, as for the second his job will be quite different and will have had very little relationship with animals. In my opinion, the trainer must have a good knowledge of the dog and the community if they want to have a minimum of credibility on the ground. It is also important to take into consideration the footprint of the instructor with animals in his youth.
A good trainer must be able to explain, demonstrate all the steps that will allow the dog team to evolve with trust. It is up to him to find the best animation for his classes, which is not always easy. It should also be borne in mind that the stories or some anecdotes can build learning without really use written techniques. I will take as an example the Inuit who do not have including canoe making while this realization had been transmitted to them by a written apprenticeship but when the manufacturing was based on myths or stories, the latter have it perfectly assimilated. It is therefore important for the trainer to support his technique with some concrete cases. "We can explain what it is to neuron but not thought.
We can also ask questions about our skills. What is his level of dog training? Does he have good work experience?
rescue dogs? What is his commitment (ethical, moral or philosophical)?
In my opinion, here are some of the essential qualities of an instructor:
He must have a certain vision of the general interest, be able to innovate, work in a group, to have confidence in him and his skills, to control his mood (which is sometimes difficult) and not to dwell on a particular strategy since several paths are possible. The trainer usually has a profile of an active person, who can plan things and anticipate them, but he willingly avoids being a manager.
However, it will have to pay attention to certain factors such as significant competition (cause
stress), to avoid going as fast as possible, to perform the same actions over and over again without ever adapt to the situation or the dog and also avoid any financial worries.
There are also three questions that the trainer must be pose :
- do I have any sufficient space and of resources?
- what is the most appropriate pace of work?
-what are my objectives?
Be careful if you have an extremely effective trainer, sometimes it can be complicated for other actors in the same field. Let's call it "jealousy or
rivalry" but if things work well, they can be double-edged since it is possible to have simply changed habits. And now I will explain to you why it is important to rely on the skills of a good trainer and not a book about dog training:
- 1st reason: people often look for a miracle recipe hoping that a book will give it to them. They forget that a simple reading is not enough and that they will only find some interesting information
A book is simply unable to make any change because it will deal with action as a whole.
- 2nd reason: books usually put the plough before the oxen. It focuses the reader blindly on any evolution to which his animal may be susceptible. to carry out without taking into consideration certain points of detail and your own personality.
- Reason 3: a book cannot provide describe an environment that is conducive to the evolution of a team since no one can do work for you in an environment that is beneficial to your progress. At best they can be one of many tools.
That's why it's important to work with a competent instructor so that you can evolve serenely, with patience and in a controlled progression since a book alone cannot play this role.