DU Mobile Apps
Banding Together for Waterfowl

Balance in Training

Successful training methodology involves balance in its structure.
PAGE 12
SIGN IN    SAVE TO MY DU    PRINT    AAA
  • photo by Evan Kokoska
Image of

By Mike Stewart of Wildrose Kennels - Home of Drake the DU Dog

The Process

A well-rounded hunter retriever is best developed when provided a balanced diet, not only in the food he consumes, but also in the training experiences he encounters. The art of retriever training includes striking a productive, logical, progressive balance in a dog's training regiment. Dwelling exclusively on just one skill for extended periods can diminish other previously established skills. Furthermore, this oversight will likely result in a bored dog displaying lackadaisical performance. Successful training methodology involves balance in its structure.

First, let's review a few of the previously established basic truths about dog training methodology:

  • Dogs learn best through causal relationships established through consistent repetition (the learning chain - parts of the whole).
  • Dogs have better retention through positive reinforcement, not force.
  • Training should enhance/complement natural ability, not disguise it.
  • Training is teaching, not testing. Dogs don't learn from failure.
  • Dogs do learn through group dynamics.
  • Training involves four phases: yard, field, transitional and hunting

These assumptions have been established in many of our Wildrose training articles. Now let's add balance in training structure:

  • Training is not a program; it is a process.
  • Dogs learn best when instruction is cyclical.
  • Training sessions should involve both primary and counter skills.
PAGE 12
SIGN IN    SAVE TO MY DU    PRINT    AAA
Related:  retrievers

Free DU Decal

Receive a free DU decal when you signup for our free monthly newsletter.

Current Forum Discussions