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Cats’ training. All questions answered. Day 2

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Blue British Shorthair

In Day 2 we will continue our talk about basics in cats’ training,  started in Day 1. Today I will give you more details about tips how to teach your cat perform special actions by your command and later in this article I will give you few actions to teach your cat.

You need to take under consideration fact, that cats get tired very quick from the same actions repetition. Because of that, duration of training must be just a few minutes at a time, or else cat will gain aversion to the training, and after this you will never force your cat do action again, even giving it the most tasty pieces. While working with kittens, don’t train them more than 2 – 3 minutes at a time, and after training always let kittens go to play! Adult cats are able for training longer periods of time, although between them you may find individuals, which are totally unable to be trained, and at the same time – cats, who are inborn actors, able to repeat the same tricks during training again and again with big pleasure.

You must be prepared to complement and encourage your cat at any time during training period, if it has done those things you taught your cat. Violation of connection “right action – reward” at the early stage of training can lead not only to cancellation all previous achievements, but also your pet may completely lose all interest to the training. Whatever happens around you, your cat must get its reward immediately after completion of the appropriate action. After some time, when your cat memorize and easy does everything, you want from it, you may do without delicacy and use only caress and approving words.

Nevertheless, even in the case, when cat willingly respond to your proposition to act in special way, very often required effect couldn’t be achieved. The most frequent cause of failures of the inexperienced trainer is reward’s delay and also incorrect selection of the sound signal, that represents this action. You must not use, as a sound signal, word or phrase, that your cat knows very well! And it is totally senselessly to reward your cat with the same word or phrase for performing different actions! You must use specific words in order for your cat to distinguish these words from just background noise.

If you are limited in time to train your cat, or you don’t have patience at all, do not make any attempts to teach your cat any tricks and actions! Cat, who lives with you for long period of time, learns to understand many phrases addressed to it and your gestures too, and most of all cat will feel your moods and conditions! Cat, who is not trained any tricks, who lives its own life, is not less interesting to observe. It is wonderful partner for games, and creature, who gives you its love!

Here I gave you two actions to teach your cat just to have a feeling of the training process.

“Come!”

You may expect that cat will come, after hearing your call, to look forward to something pleasant. Call your cat when it is feeding time. You need to say cheerfully and with pleasure: “Tom(or whatever your cat’s name is), come here!” You must call cat by it’s name! If cat doesn’t come after your call, take it, place cat near the plate for food and say: “Tom(or whatever your cat’s name is), come here!” and put food in the plate straight away. After your cat has connected its coming with feeding, you may start calling your cat in other occasions. And every time when cat fulfil your command, you must reward it, giving it tasty piece of food. Later you may substitute delicacy with just you caress.

Do not start training, calling cat for medical procedures or bathing! Do not call cat with loud and angry voice in order to tell it off!

“Sit!”

Place cat on the floor or a couch, preferably for feeding, and stand on your knees next to it. When cat will get bored and it will sit, give a command “Sit!” at the same time. Command must coincide with action! Use only word “sit” for the command and reward your cat at once, giving delicacy, if it acts correctly! If cat doesn’t sit, softly push it’s back down, giving the command “Sit!” and rewarding cat’s sitting position.

“Stand!”

To teach your cat “stand” command you must use help of your hand. Bend your arm with angle 90 degrees, making a barrier in front of the cat. Choose appropriate moment, when cat will come close to you, make a barrier and say: “Stand!” If cat obeys your command, staying still, reward your cat straight away. After some time, when cat memorize this command, you don’t need to do any gestures.

“Fetch!”

Throw a cork or any other small object, which your cat gladly carries in it’s mouth in a short distance and say: “Fetch!” If cat ignores you and the cork after few attempts, stop the training for some time. If cat support game and comes back with the cork, reward it! If cat runs for cork, but brings it to the corner or other place, instead of going back to you, ignore your pupil this time. You should reward only right actions!

“Give pad!”

First – teach your cat how to sit after command “Sit!” Then, while cat is sitting, softly lift it’s foreleg and say at the same time: “Give pad!” Reward cat straight away. After practising some time, give a command and extend your arm. If cat gives it’s pad – reward cat. If cat disobeys, softly take it’s forepad, say: “Give pad!” and reward your cat.

Jumps through the hoop.

In this exercise you need to use appropriate size hoop. Place the hoop on the floor and stand from one side of it opposite your cat. Lure cat with some delicacy through the hoop. If cat accustomed to

the leash, lead it through the hoop. When cat comes closer to the hoop, say: “Go!” and after it goes through the hoop reward it. After your cat has learnt how to go through the hoop, lift the hoop over the floor for few centimeters. And reward the cat each time, when it jumps through the lifted hoop. If cat tries to walk around the hoop – move the hoop in order to keep it every time on the cat’s way. After few training sessions your cat will be able to jump easily through the hoop, which lifted over the floor for about half a meter by your command “Go!”

To learn more about how to train your cat successfully and correct it’s behaviour visit this website which includes the top cats’ health and dietary solutions, books from the leading experts, and training programs on the Internet for download:
http://www.cbmall.com/to/catstraining

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August 2, 2009 - Posted by | Cats training, Pets | , , ,

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