To educate your dog you will have to arm yourself with patience and time. Dogs are very intelligent beings and educating them can be a simple task as long as you have good advice.
Being consistent, setting the rules from the beginning, using positive reinforcement and above all, having fun together are key to getting the best results.
Train and educate, are they different?
In recent times it has been tried to differentiate or create two currents to know how to educate your dog .
- Canine education.
Due to the bad practices of some people, the word train has been used in a derogatory way and has even been linked with that bad way of treating a dog to educate it. But are these terms different? According to the RAE (Royal Spanish Academy), training is “doing skillful, teaching, instructing” ; or in its second meaning “to train, to tame an animal”. Definitions that do not help much to dissociate it from that negative perception.
From the point of view of the canine educator Sergio Tallón, from Senda Canina, wanting to separate training from education “is something commercial. Both concepts go hand in hand and are two terms that serve the same purpose”. Put to distinguish, he continues, “training will teach the dog behavior and educate would go through guidelines or techniques to get the dog to have an adequate life, to improve the life of the dog.“
How should we educate a dog?
1. Positive reinforcement
Even if at some point you have read something about how to train a dog , you will have encountered this dichotomy of train and train. “Before, the concept of training had a bad meaning, it was associated with the strength of the dog or its aggressiveness , negative reinforcement and punishment. Now we have advanced and other types of techniques are used ”, says Tallón.
In fact, he considers that “everything can be better understood by simplifying the variables behind a behavior and using positive reinforcement . “