Dog Training Glossary

Whether you're a seasoned dog owner or a newcomer to the canine companionship, understanding the terminology used in dog training is essential. This dog training glossary aims to provide you with a comprehensive introduction to key dog terms and concepts associated with training your furry friend.

Dog Training and Behavior Terms

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In dog training, "target" refers to teaching a dog to touch a specific object, usually with a part of their body such as their nose or paw, in response to a cue or command. Targeting is a fundamental training technique used to teach dogs various behaviors and tricks. It involves guiding the dog to make physical contact with the designated target, and positive reinforcement is often used to reward and reinforce the correct response. Targeting is versatile and can be applied in different contexts, making it a valuable tool in shaping a dog's behavior.

It's a way to measure a dogs emotional state in different environmental context. Think of it as a distance from a scary stimulus, if a dog is far enough it's relaxed and calm. If a dog is at it's threshold it will be mildly stressed and anxious. If a dog is over threshold it will be reactive (anxious, barking, fearful).

Trigger Stacking
In dog behavior training, "trigger stacking" refers to the accumulation of various stressors or stimuli that can overwhelm a dog and lead to an exaggerated or inappropriate response. When multiple triggers occur in quick succession without adequate recovery time, the dog may become increasingly anxious, fearful, or reactive. This can result in the dog exhibiting behaviors that seem disproportionate to the immediate trigger because the cumulative effect of multiple triggers has heightened the dog's emotional state. Understanding trigger stacking is important in training to recognize when a dog may be nearing its threshold and to manage the environment to prevent overwhelming situations, allowing the dog to remain calm and responsive.

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