Confinement: the right time to learn how to train your dog? Here are our tips
The canine educator we interviewed is formal: it only takes 15 minutes a day to educate his dog and see visible and lasting progress.
In France, we count each year more than 100,000 dog abandonments, of which nearly 37% would be linked to a lack of education of our 4-legged friends…
” Educating owners helps reduce the number of dog owners who give up,” says Vincent Marchal, founder of the Educ-Dog platform. Since 2018, he has been teaching dog education at the platform and also sells second-hand dog accessories and toys. His training courses are available in more than 20 countries around the world.
He agreed to give us some advice, so that everyone can take advantage of the confinement to become a better master for their animal.
“Train the owner, not the dog.”
The 29-year-old dog trainer is formal: “When you go to a trainer, you think the trainer is going to train the dog. That’s the first mistake you shouldn’t make:
In reality, the role of the trainer or educator is to train the dog owner, and it only takes 15 minutes a day to train a dog.
In this period of confinement, however, education will have to be done at home or in an apartment, either indoors, on a balcony or in the garden. The video tutorials that Vincent Marchal puts online will be a great help.
“The list of orders given by the masters, which obviously vary according to their expectations, can quickly grow longer.
It is impossible for a dog to assimilate everything at once, so the trainer recommends starting with “simple orders”, which are less restrictive.
Sitting your dog, for example, is a good starting point, and this order is a good first step towards a “stronger” order, such as lying down.
However, no matter how complex it may be, the key is to reward it. A treat works every time, but is not necessarily necessary.