A trained dog can perform more tasks than a trained cat. Cats can respond to the owner’s calling and avoid spraying on the furniture and other areas. If taught from the youngest age, cats can sit, stand, or make simple gestures requested with the associated command from the trainer. Dogs, on the other hand, can perform more complicated tasks, such as seeking help in an urgent situation, keeping the house safe from intruders and catching Frisbee or a ball. Dogs are the same as cats when it comes to marking their territory. But with proper training, dogs can be easier to teach.
Training with clickers
Using a clicker is famous these days. The basic concept is that to build a strong association between the click sound and the expected behavior. The click sound itself, however, is not a reward. You should give a snack treat to your dog every time you signal the click, and the click should only sound after your dog has performed the expected behavior. It means that once you mess up with the connection between the threes (the treat, the click, and the reaction), your dog can get confused and might no longer respond appropriately to the click sound.
Make sure that there is no noise interruption during your training. So it is better to train your dog inside the house instead of out in the park. Interchanging the click with petting can also make the association process more difficult for the dog. Use only one rewarding system and let it grow stronger gradually.
Cats can be trained with a clicker too, but it should start early on because an old cat can be very reluctant to learn a new behavior. To prevent the cat from spraying or stealing food, perhaps a clicker will not be useful. You need to use a device that gives correction to wrong behavior.
Utilizing an electric collar for training a dog is mistakenly understood as a barbaric device to train a dog, while in fact, the newest products in the market simply deliver a very mild shock and vibration to the dog. The principal is the same as using a clicker.
But instead of a reward, e-collar is more of a correction mechanism. For either a cat or a dog, e-collar can be useful for teaching a complex and specific behavior. For example, when teaching a cat to avoid spraying at furniture and poop only on the litter tray, we select which items or places are alright and which ones are not for the cat to do its business, and to do so, reward and correction should work simultaneously.
You should choose an e-collar with a great range of adjustability so that your pet can learn the difference of the consequences of their acts. You can also teach your dog to know how far he/she is allowed to play by putting an e-collar that has the electric dog fence feature on them. It will help you to keep your dog safe from getting lost or visiting a forbidden private property.
Training with the leash
Only dogs can be taught using a leash effectively. It is more of an art instrument compared to the other training devices because you should be able to differentiate a gentle pull that can direct your dog’s steps from the correcting pull that means a strong command that asks it to stop doing whatever it is doing.
When using the leash, you must pay attention to the tension and the length. The length has to accommodate your dog’s movement, and the leash’s tension should be tightened up only if your dog needs correction. Otherwise, a simple and supposedly fun walk in the park can be stressful for your dog.