Dog Training Guidance - Wikipet
One of the ways to train a dog in almost any team is guidance. What is guidance in dog training and how to apply it?
Guidance may include the use of goodies and the use of the target. Guidance can also be tight or loose.
When tightly guided with the help of goodies, you hold a tasty piece in your hand and bring it directly to the dog's nose. Then you literally “lead” the dog by the nose with your hand, prompting her to take one or another position of the body or move in one direction or another, without touching it. The dog tries to lick the food from your hand and follows it.
When aiming a target, the dog must first be taught to touch the target with his nose or paw. The target can be your palm, a stick with a tip, a rug or specially made targets for training dogs. When the target is tightly targeted, the dog either pokes its nose into it, or touches the paw.
Tight guidance in dog training is used at the initial stage of the skill training.
Then you can move on to loose guidance when the dog stares at the treat or target and moves behind this object, as a result of performing certain actions or assuming one or another body position. Leaky guidance is used when the dog has already understood what you need from it.
Often, different combinations of tight and loose guidance are used with a treat or a target.