Dog Club

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General Training Course

The General Training Course (GTC) is a whole cycle of systematized training for dog handlers and dogs. These skills are the basis for the development of a set of conditional dogs’ special purpose reflexes. Most OKD techniques are developed in the preparation of dogs of all types of services, so they are called general. The most effective skills will be those that have been developed in the puppy’s initial training course.

General skills include getting the dog used to the nickname, collar, harness, leash, muzzle, etc.; moving to a free condition and approaching the trainer; and moving next to the trainer; learning to sit, lie down, stand, crawl, crawl, speak, bring objects, stop, go back, overcome obstacles, swim, slow down or speed up, give up food, feel comfortable with shots or explosions and other strong irritants.

Such dog training should not last longer than two hours, but should be of greater intensity. The number of teams is increasing gradually.

The basic skills your dog will learn during the course:

The “Come to me” team is one of the main ones, without its clear implementation it is impossible to control your dog. This team should have been developed during the course of raising a puppy. But if your dog isn’t doing it clearly, the team is practiced and brought up to perfection.

The team “Walking” is practiced without difficulty and requires attention primarily from the trainer. This command any dog performs with pleasure and without the slightest coercion, but the owner’s business is not to forget about the gesture. It is useful to move the “walk” team to other, more tedious commands for the dog.

A trained dog has to go to the left of the owner so that his shoulder is at the level of his leg. Moving a parallel course at a distance of 2 m or more does not count as a skill. Achieving a clear execution of this command is quite difficult, requires patience.

The dog, who is carrying out the command “Near” with hunting, causes well-deserved admiration of others. Look how confident and calmly she stands at the foot of her master-friend! She is proud of his trust, and he is pleased.

When working out the team “Sit” the dog is to the left of the owner. When the dog sees the connection between the word “Sit” and the required action, it is possible to proceed to practice the team by voice and gesture. The dog should not just sit down for a second, but show restraint, keeping the position as long as the owner thinks fit. The “Sitting” team can also be gestured.

The “Lie down” command can be worked on by means of mechanical influence. The left hand pulls the dog by the leash down, and the right hand gently pulls forward the front legs

The “Stand” team is very difficult for a temperamental dog: as soon as he gets up, he’s out of place, so be especially attentive and patient.

The commands “Sit”, “Lie down”, “Stop” are usually practiced and tested in a complex.

Absence of feed or “ew!”

This skill will protect the dog from attempts to poison him by malefactors, will not be distracted by different types of food during work and will not lift food garbage from the ground.

Learning to eat dog food without the permission of an animal trainer. During the first lessons, the dog is not taught to eat food without the permission of an animal trainer. After that the dog is trained not to take food from strangers. Teach your dog not to take food thrown by outsiders

Skill is considered developed if a dog without a leash in the presence of a trainer and without it refuses any food that is given by outsiders from hands or thrown away.

Gunfire training

Skill can be considered exhausted if your dog is calm and fearless about the shots he fires without being distracted from his work. He should be comfortable with a starting gun shot at a distance of 15 m.

Swimming instruction

This skill is necessary for the use of dogs in many special services. It contributes to his physical development and health. Conditioned irritants are the “Go!

You cannot use coercive methods or throw your dog in the water. After class, he should be allowed to dry out.

Skill is considered to be developed if the dog enters the water safely, stays there for a long time, swims well with a trainer and without him at a distance of up to 50 m.

Slowing down the pace

This skill allows you to control the movement of the dog with or without a leash while overcoming difficult obstacles. The conditional irritant is the “Quiet!

Skill is considered developed if the dog on the leash or without it on the first command slows down the pace of movement clearly and smoothly.

The general training course also includes the ability of the dog to overcome obstacles. To avoid accidental injuries, do not use a strict collar when practicing this skill.