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Cue vs Command – CattleDog Publishing

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Communication with our pets is necessary whether or not we communicate to them straight or they learn our physique language. Coaching strategies utilizing harsh, bossy instructions will possible produce completely different outcomes from utilizing cues mentioned in a jolly voice which is able to include rewards.

A command doesn’t take into account your canine’s emotional state or their understanding of the coaching. By asking for a conduct with a cue somewhat than a command, we’re permitting your canine to be a participant within the studying. This minimizes frustration, concern, and aggression. A canine taught with cues might study sooner and benefit from the studying course of. 

A command is an order which have to be executed and carries an implied risk of a consequence or might create a concern of punishment for not finishing the duty. You may repeat the command, not permit him to refuse, after which push his hips down when instructing sit. Some causes to think about why your canine won’t sit:

  • Their hips harm.
  • There are various distractions round.
  • The bottom was scorching, tough, or slippery.
  • They really feel unsafe or afraid within the present setting.
  • They don’t perceive what you’re asking.

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Ordering or forcing your canine right into a sit will enhance their concern and make them much less prone to carry out the conduct when commanded the subsequent time. They might present avoidance or stress behaviors like trying or strolling away, licking their lips, or yawning. They might shut down and keep away from interacting with you. 

A cue provides a possibility to earn a reward. A cue could also be a phrase, scent, sound, gesture, or contact and provides an identification to the conduct. First, the specified conduct have to be taught earlier than introducing the cue. This makes positive your canine understands what conduct is anticipated. Use a marker and reward to speak to your canine that they’ve executed what you requested and chosen the proper conduct. The cue then identifies when the conduct ought to reoccur. The reward will encourage your canine to repeat the cued conduct. For instance, when instructing your canine to sit down initially, a lure could also be used to information your canine into place by transferring the deal with above and over their head. Their hind finish ought to naturally drop to the ground. Be certain to mark and reward when it does. In its place, capturing can be utilized to show the identical conduct by marking and rewarding your canine after they select to sit down on their very own. When this conduct is obtainable a minimum of 75% of the time, it’s time to introduce the cue.

Though a sit may look the identical whether or not cued or commanded, a cued canine is a keen participant and mustn’t seem pressured or afraid. Most significantly, you’re addressing their emotional and bodily wants whereas supporting a coaching relationship constructed on communication and belief. 




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