Pressure On, Pressure Off Dog Training
For those of you growing up watching movies in the 80s, this may sound like the Karate Kid's famous line where Mr. Miyagi is giving Daniel karate lessons, and he teaches him hand motions by saying, Wax On, Wax Off. However, I am not talking about the fine art of karate, this On/Off theory relates to training dogs. That's right, it's as simple as using some sort of command with pressure, showing the dog how to turn the pressure off, then rewarding the dog. Over time and repetition, you will find that simply the command, will get the compliance you are looking for!
Now if were that easy, there would be no dog trainers around, and The Dog Whisperer, Cesar Millan, would be making millions of dollars writing books or making many TV shows. So let me explain what I am talking about.
There are many types of discipline or pressure that can be used while training dogs. The one I want to begin with applies to on-leash obedience. Basic commands such as heel, sit, stay, down, kennel, and the most importantly, come here, can be taught with this pressure on, pressure off, theory.
To start with, make sure you use a 6-foot leash and choke chain so you teach the dog using short quick snaps with the leash. The important part is to have the choke chain on correctly, so when the snap with the leash is released, the weight of the snap swivel will release the tension. Ideally when your dog is trained, you should be able to walk with the two end rings on the choke chain touching.