Sydney Veterinary Sciences studies best way to train farm dogs

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Dogs provided with the best living conditions and kinder training methods are giving the best results in the workplace, according to a new study of farm dogs from the Sydney Faculty of Veterinary Science.

“The new findings serve as a guide to ways of optimising working dog performance and welfare,” says one of the study’s authors Sydney Veterinary School Professor Paul McGreevy.

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The study, recently published in PLOS, shows that handlers who use electric shock collars report less success in training than those who use positive reinforcement. Positive reinforcement for dogs can include food rewards, verbal praise, physical contact and play.

The results reflect data on more than 4,000 dogs. Associations were identified between success rate and seven variables: dog breed, housing method, trial participation, age of the dog at acquisition, hypothetical maximum treatment expenditure and the conscientiousness score of the owner’s personality.

Although the study focuses on farm dogs, the insights also have potential relevance to companion dogs and those dogs working in other contexts. For example, it reported that success rate was positively associated with how often dogs exercised.

“The role of conscientiousness in handlers is particularly interesting as it is relevant to the best handling and training methods,” Professor McGreevy said. “We know that good animal training is underpinned by consistency and timing.”

So, handlers who are consistent give clearer commands while those with good timing can, for example, allow their dogs to make the strongest association between behaviour and the appearance of rewards.

Although low numbers of handlers appear to be using electric shock collars, the risks to dog welfare are significant, especially in the hands of less accomplished trainers. There is evidence that these devices can make dogs withdrawn and less likely to work well. Bad timing can create highly undesirable associations with aspects of the dog’s surroundings, including people.

“Previous studies have shown that trainers with lower levels of education are more likely to use harsh training methods, such as these,” said the Sydney Veterinary School professor.

. “The results emphasise the importance of not only examining the genetic predispositions of the working dog but also the impact the handler can have on a dog’s success in the workplace.”

The results were acquired through The Farm Dog Survey, as part of an ongoing project with the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, Meat and Livestock Australia and the Working Kelpie Council of Australia.

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Program title: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: March 2015
Program duration: 4 years
Application deadline: October 31, 2014

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DOG HELPS OUT ON THE FARM - "[B]efore long he was carrying the bucket himself, hooking it on the pump and then standing on the lever so that the water comes out and then bringing the bucket back without spilling it.”
Lemon, a Giant Schnauzer, lives on a farm with his owner in Tara, Russia. He has somehow learned to perform chores from his owner, a former dog trainer for the Russian army. Lemon can carry a bucket to the pump, fill it with water, and carry the bucket back home. He can also plow a field. Read more from the Metro:

Lemon’s 47-year-old owner, Alexander Matitsyn, purchased Lemon after retiring from the Russian Army.
Matitsyn served as an army dog trainer, so it was natural for him to try and teach Lemon basic farming methods.
‘I made him carry the bucket to get water from the yard because we aren’t on a mains water supply here, and before long he was carrying the bucket himself, hooking it on the pump and then standing on the lever so that the water comes out and then bringing the bucket back without spilling it.’
Most people would be impressed if their dog brought them the paper in the morning, so a pooch that fills and carries buckets is really something special.
Unsurprisingly, Lemon’s skills don’t end there. He can also plough a straight line, as well as drive a skiddoo around the farm on the outskirts of the city of Tara in Omsk Oblast.

Perhaps Lemon gets paid with treats and belly rubs after a long day at work. Click here for the full story. 

dogjournal:

DOG HELPS OUT ON THE FARM - "[B]efore long he was carrying the bucket himself, hooking it on the pump and then standing on the lever so that the water comes out and then bringing the bucket back without spilling it.”

Lemon, a Giant Schnauzer, lives on a farm with his owner in Tara, Russia. He has somehow learned to perform chores from his owner, a former dog trainer for the Russian army. Lemon can carry a bucket to the pump, fill it with water, and carry the bucket back home. He can also plow a field. Read more from the Metro:

Lemon’s 47-year-old owner, Alexander Matitsyn, purchased Lemon after retiring from the Russian Army.

Matitsyn served as an army dog trainer, so it was natural for him to try and teach Lemon basic farming methods.

‘I made him carry the bucket to get water from the yard because we aren’t on a mains water supply here, and before long he was carrying the bucket himself, hooking it on the pump and then standing on the lever so that the water comes out and then bringing the bucket back without spilling it.’

Most people would be impressed if their dog brought them the paper in the morning, so a pooch that fills and carries buckets is really something special.

Unsurprisingly, Lemon’s skills don’t end there. He can also plough a straight line, as well as drive a skiddoo around the farm on the outskirts of the city of Tara in Omsk Oblast.

Perhaps Lemon gets paid with treats and belly rubs after a long day at work. Click here for the full story. 

CAUTION: Every animal is a unique being in a unique situation and what you see on these webpages is generic and general and may not specifically apply to your animal's situation. Any responses to questions through this website similarly cannot be as precise and informed as is possible in a face-to-face assessment. Accordingly, you should not rely on anything set forth herein as the last word, and you hold Helping Pets Behave harmless from any liability whatsoever based on your reliance on the information you receive through this website.

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