Training Methods

Prospective members of the Craigieburn Dog Obedience Group are
advised that this Club recommends the use of the “Conditioned Response
Method” of training, which is accomplished by the use of a correction
collar (choker chain). Whilst you may have heard that this method can
be cruel or inappropriate, we would question the bona fides of this.

If the correction collar is used properly, it can be a very effective
means to train a dog. Of course, if it is used incorrectly, then it can
become an ineffective tool, and can harm the dog (not severely but
uncomfortable for the dog) if the collar is held tightly all the time
during training. The correction collar is used as a quick check and
immediately loosened so to just give the dog a small correction to make
him take notice. If the collar is used incorrectly (ie. tight
continually) the collar may mark the neck of the dog due to this method.
You at all times hold the lead in both hands (or one hand for the
advanced trained dogs) and ensure that there is a distinct “J” between
you (the handler) and dog. The correction is given when the dog moves
away from the “heel” position and handler. If that is the case, you step
up to the dog, at his height at the wither (shoulder blades) get close
to the dog’s neck holding the lead and give the collar a quick jerk
across your body then release after you have given him the correct
command eg. “heel” or “leave” etc. Never try to correct the dog by
pulling the collar upwards from the dog’s neck. This is a sure way of
removing some of the dog’s fur around his neck.

Further to this, you should not allow the dog to continually wear the
correction collar when at home. It should only be used when the dog is
being trained, and under supervision.

Of course, if you choose not to have a correction collar for your
dog’s training, then use whatever collar you wish. We can only recommend
that you use a correction collar also we recommend you use a webbing
leash as nylon leads and chain leashes can hurt the handler’s hands, but
again that is your choice. Remember that different size dogs wear
correction collars that are suitable for their size and breed. Small
dogs should wear light gauge collars and larger breeds wear the heavier
gauge collars. We will endeavour to show the correct way to use the
correction collars, but we cannot accept responsibility should the handlers choose not to follow our instruction.

Our instructors have trained dogs themselves and have knowledge on
how to train dogs. We also have a requirement to have “Working with
Children” IDs.

Happy training, and always enjoy training your dogs! Teamwork is your dog and you.