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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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Cats’ training. All questions answered. Day 1

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Siamese

Would you like to deal with cat aggression problems successfully and teach your cat to go to it’s litter box and not on your carpet?! Could you imagine, having a cat, who obeys your commands, who knows how to jump through the hoop and fetch it’s toys to you for game?! Could you imagine all of the astonishment of your friends and neighbours?

Here are the answers for many questions you might have about training of your cat, spending not much time and having great fun!

But first – some basics!

In the 1st part of the article about cats training I will give you some basic knowledge you need to have in order to teach your cat successfully.

It is well known, that during wild animals training, very often is used method of negative reinforcement action and this method was proven to be not very effective. Because of this, in most cases may be used method of positive reinforcement action. Cats, as all other animals are very reluctant to the first method mentioned above. You will never train any cat to walk beside you if you take it on the leash and use force to control your cat!

Cat willingly responds to the person who is training this cat and treating it with respect and love. And they could trust one person and obey his or her commands with pleasure, and to other person they could be suspicious and ignore his or her at all. If cat is afraid of someone or hostile to that person, this person will never be able to teach the cat the simplest things and commands! In this case even all delicacies in the world will not be in help! Cat can not be bribed! Only with respect and love to your pet you may deserve it’s trust.

Before commencing cat’s training you have to observe and study your cat’s behaviour. When you define natural inclination of your cat and what games it likes to play, you may decide which exercises and tricks you will teach your cat. If, for example, it jumps with pleasure from table to cupboard and back, you easily can teach your cat jump to your shoulder or on the stand, using special command. Using positive reinforcement action you may even teach your cat jump over the hurdle or through the hoop!

If your cat loves to carry toys in its mouth, you may easily teach your cat fetch things thrown by you!

Your cat training must be phased, and by the way, on the first stage of the training, the main and most important factor, that define success is your patience. You must wait till your cat itself, sometimes absolutely accidentally, carries out that action, you have been waiting for! And when this action is performed, exactly in that moment you have to make special command your prepared beforehand in such a way, to combine it with your cat’s action and sounding of this command. After this you have to compliment and reward your pet straight away!

Training your cat, you have to bear in mind, that cat, even if it is very obedient to you, always learn only those things and commands which want to master itself, only those things, that comply with its needs and give pleasure to it!

And you need to consider, that cats perfectly respond to sound signals, and they are able to apprehend up to 50 human words. Of course, they don’t understand meaning of these words, but learn very well, by which word you call your cat to go for a walk, to play, to eat, and which words represent prohibition and your indignation. Many cats love, when they have been complimented. They catch appropriate intonations in humans’ speech. And if your compliment supplemented with tender touch, sometimes it is more than enough to make your cat to carry out your commands again and again!

Some cats accept only some kind of delicacy. In this case, the most tasty pieces must be divided by smaller parts. Having smaller piece of delicacy, which you use to reward your cat, you may force cat to perform action you want to teach it more times.

As a delicacy you may use:

  • vitamin pill,

  • piece of food from cat’s diet,

  • small cube of cheese,

  • meat ball,

  • piece of hard-boiled egg,

  • piece of boiled fish without bones,

  • piece of boiled skinless chicken without bones…

But, you need to know, that any cat, earlier or later will refuse to accept this delicacy, because of natural satiety.

In part 2 of this article we will continue to discuss further issues about cat’s behaviour and training and later I will give you practical examples how to teach your cat few commands and actions.

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

August 2, 2009 Posted by | Cats training, Pets | , , | Leave a comment