Regular Obedience is a great way to fulfill your dog both mentally and physically, but it is not always enough for the more driven dogs. Teaching a dog a complete task can bring fulfillment in a way that walking sitting and climbing can never do. Here are some skills that you can train your dog in that will give your dog real purpose.
Tracking is a long and involved process. Making sure to teach ground scenting as opposed to air scenting first in very important. Ground scent work takes a lot of repetition and careful observation of many factors at once. The idea is to build on their natural instinct and shape it to signal you when they have found something. Your dog needs to be well suited for this and must have strong obedience in connection with this. Tracking is mostly involved with felon tracking and search and rescue. This can be an excellent job for your dog, however will require a lot of your time and regular upkeep.
Protection training is essentially teaching a dog to run away from the owner and Bite a person taking them to the ground. This is not something that The PackSmith is fond of training, however teaching your dog the basics of protection in relation to a toy can be the most powerful tool in your arsenal when training your dog. Dogs have many drives including chasing, biting, shaking and pulling. Protection style training maximizes all of this, making for the highest value reward that you can achieve with most dogs. Will this teach my dog to bite? No! in fact by making this process so fun and associating the dog with a specific item, your dog will find little desire to bite on anything other than the toy that you use for training. This training style also makes YOU central to the fun, making you the reward and the toy becomes just a way to interact with you. This sets anyone training there dog up for the most success possible. Schedule a free evaluation to see if your dog has what it takes for Protection Style training!
Scent work is a fantastic opportunity for you to develop a great working relationship with your dog. The process is fun and exciting for you both and usually doesn't require any corrections. Dogs have a fantastic sense of smell that can be used to find most anything you can think of. Common scents range from Narcotics, bed bugs, mushrooms, weapons, people to explosives. If it has a Scent a dog can be trained to find it. A quality Scent dog can be associated with 2, 3, 5 scents or more! Call the PackSmith to find out what makes a good scent dog.