Saturday, 30 April 2011

Getting Started on Pet Training

Posted by Blog Administrator at 19:11

So you want to teach your animal friend to do tricks.Congratulations! As you have probably already guessed, tricks aren’t just for dogs.

With a little bit of work and patience, cats, horses, birds, and even turtles can all learn to do fun and amazing tricks.

Different animals may require slightly different training techniques, but all of them can join in the fun. Before you get started, though, there are a few things you should know.

For many people, training pets can be difficult. You
 may feel that either the intellectual capability of your pet is too low, or the trick is too complex for your pet to complete as a routine.

So what’s the secret to teaching pets tricks?

One of the most important things I’ve learnt is NOT to rely on their intellect, but to rely on their instinct instead. The following example gives some idea how the principle works.

To teach tricks to your pet, you will a signal and a reward. The signal is the command on which you want your pet to perform the action, and the reward is what your pet is treated to for completing the action. Generally, the reward should be a favorite snack or such. In some cases, it can even be scratch or a petting.

The first thing you will need to do is to determine how to get your pet to perform the action you want or a part of the action you want.

For example, by holding a seed in front of a bird, I was able to attract its attention, then, as it reached for the seed, by moving it a quarter turn, I was able to get the parrot to turn one quarter of a turn. It was then given the seed as reward for completing the action.

Pets will learn tricks, but often, they will also forget them. To ensure that they retain what they have learnt, train often. Make training a part of your pet’s daily routine, even for five minutes a day.

I hope you find this article helpful and good luck with teaching your pet those tricks.

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