There are many reasons why dogs are considered a man’s best friend, and one of these reasons is their usefulness in emergency situations. As is the case with agility and obedience training, rescue dog training requires several principles to be observed.
Exercising Their Compliance
One trait of rescue dogs is constant obedience because they can’t do their job if they don’t do what they’re told. They should be used to obey commands such as sitting, heel, staying, coming and jogging exercises. All of these must be fulfilled, so that their handlers can be sure that their orders will be respected when needed.
Train Their Agility
It is not only a sports dog that needs to be agile, but also a dog that is trained to save other people. At the most basic level, rescue dogs will be assisted by agility training at the physical level, letting them perform even the most difficult tasks. This can come in handy when they save people. If they are trained by someone who knows their job, the dog through agility training will be able to surpass many of the obstacles he may encounter.
Picking up is a big part of any rescue operation. A dog must be able to retrieve things or even a person from a place where others cannot enter. If you want a dog to be able to pick up a person, it has to go through a picking exercise. He will learn how to take anything, from skin, to wood or even an injured person, all using the “fetch” command.
Training on proper sorting
One part of rescue training teaches a dog how to adapt to different exercises, and that part is position. Positioning training is achieved by both compulsive and inductive training.
Position training should be something that is taught from when he is a puppy. He needs to learn for the type of position: front and heel positions. The heel position teaches the dog to stand near the trainer, level with his left leg. The front position teaches him to sit in front of the trainer, parallel to the trainer’s front legs.
You can teach your dog to adopt the correct position in two ways. Inductive and compulsive methods.
The compulsive method, when used to train the dog how to adopt the front position, will teach him how to sit in front of the handler. If you use it in conjunction with an order such as “sitting”, the same principle is used – the owner needs to help the pet stand, then sit in front of him. The position needs to be parallel to the owner’s left foot if he asks for the heel position.
If we talk about the inductive method, it will require the use of food or treats to teach the dog how to respond to an owner’s command to take one of two positions. One example of an inductive method is offering a pet a treat before you give it an order. If he accepts a treat, give him commands such as sit down, come or come down right before giving him the gift. Remember, offer, but give only after the order.
If you use compulsive methods, you may be using some physical guidance, but you shouldn’t use them in a way that might injure the dog. Don’t make it hard, use it gently and firmly. If you are rude, it can jeopardize training.
If you are training a rescue dog, you should know that that is not one thing they need to learn. It is a mixture of the various commands and abilities they need to learn.