How To Train Dogs for TV and Moviesby: Chet Womach
Socialization is essential . When a dog is on camera there are people running around, tools, vehicles, cameras, and lots of activity. Many dogs cannot focus or perform on command with all of this going on around them. They are curious about all the equipment and the people. They’re distracted by the noise and they may be frightened or unsure of their surroundings.
Dogs must be well socialized to be successful. This means they’re comfortable in just about every possible scenario as long as their trainer is there . The process of socialization should start by the dog's trainer or owner, at a very early age. Train them in unusual situations and take them with you everywhere you go, once the training process has begun .
If you have trained your dog to sit, practice sitting while on a walk, for instance. You should practice having them sit on a busy city sidewalk, or in a room full of people. You might have them sit while on a dog run. The essential ingredient for training dogs for TV and movies is socialization.
Make training fun . Training, if it’s handled incorrectly, can become something your dog hates . When lights and camera on are them, if this happens, there's no way they will perform on cue. Besides, if your training methods are rough, people most likely will not want to work with you. A positive environment, where the dogs are glad to be there, and well treated, is where they prefer to be.
Training can be made fun with these three quick tips:
1. Positive reinforcement. When your dog does something the right way, reward them rather than chastening them for doing something the wrong way.This has been found to be a proven training technique. It works and your dog will be much more willing, and maybe even eager , if they’re receiving rewards.
2. Use tasty treats. Verbal rewards, such as "good boy" are some of the things for which dogs will train.A pat on the head, a belly rub, and food are physical rewards. Find your dog’s favorite food and set it aside for training rewards and you’ll have a motivated and enthusiastic dog.
3. You should always end on a pleasant note. Dogs don’t always comprehend what you want to start with. Comprehending what you are trying to accomplish might, in fact, take numerous training sessions. End training by doing something your dog knows how to do, such as a easy sit command along with a reward, instead of ending on a frustrated note.
Clicker training and hand signals. The technique used by most dog trainers is clicker training because it works. Signaling to your dog that it has done something well, a clicker noise is much quicker than a verbal reward such as 'good boy'. Having said that, it may not go over too well on a sound stage hearing that clicker noise or you telling your dog to sit from back stage. So, you should gradually wean your dog from the use of a clicker as he perfects a trick and include hand signals with your commands when training dogs for TV and movies. Ultimately, the goal is them fulfilling the task successfully utilizing hand signals without a clicker signaling completion.
Utilizing proper training techniques, a little patience and forethought are the answers when looking for ways to train dogs for TV and movies. Whether training your dog for a career in front of a camera, or simply wanting a well-trained, socialized canine , the use of a clicker and hand signals should be used to instruct your dog and training should be made enjoyable .
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