Cat Training Book

When most people think of animal obedience, they usually don’t think of cats first.

We tend to associate cats with words like indifference, independence and relaxed – they seem to focus on doing what they want, almost when they like it.

You would think that this is not the ideal training material, and it makes sense!

But – more and more people are enjoying the basic and advanced obedience tasks and techniques of training their cats (sitting, holding, hooping, turning and high-five) – more importantly, they are confident that their cat like it too!

The benefits of training cats

Just because cats usually lead solitary lives doesn’t mean they necessarily want to do it.

In fact, many cats are incredibly affectionate and loving by nature – they just require you to show your leadership skills and begin the rapport building process.

In the training process, cats are often underestimated simply because common owners hardly need to attempt any kind of training. Unlike dogs (the ability to learn is well documented), cats don’t need to be trained based on pet conventions, such as training and bathing at home.

Therefore, few people know their cat’s ability in this area.

Training your cat is a great way to enrich your cat’s life:

It creates a strong relationship between you and your cat
Because training emphasizes your authority (your cat has to do what you want to get what he wants), it helps suppress dominant behavior
It keeps your cat’s brain active and stimulated
This is a great interactive game and teaches good social skills
Anxious and highly stressed cats are comforted and soothed by repeated and routine training

So how do I train my cat?
There are two popular methods of training cats: target training and clicker training. A brief overview of each:

 

Target training is where you get the cat’s attention and then obtain the desired behavior using designated tools. For example, during the “beg” command, a specific training aid called a training stick is used to draw the cat’s attention upwards and encourage the cat to lift its buttocks and “beg”.

Clicker training is a form of operational conditioning (which consciously teaches animals to associate specific behavior with results.) The trainer uses a small mechanical noise maker (“clicker”) to create short, clear sounds. Click the clicker exactly when the cat shows the desired behavior, for example during “sit” the clicker is clicked when the bottom of the cat touches the ground. After clicking, the cat gets small and delicious food. Through repetition, the cat gradually associates the click with the food and recognizes its ability to obtain snacks by performing the required actions according to the command. Clickers are a particularly valuable training aid because they allow trainers to locate rewarded behaviors: without clickers, cats can easily link snacks to completely unrelated behaviors (because it is impossible to feed the cat a treat the moment it performs the technique. )

Practical skills for training cats:

Don’t forget to be patient. Your cat is an individual, with its own abilities and preferences. He will quickly master some skills, but may have difficulty with others. Be mindful of his character, don’t go according to plan and don’t lose your temper.
If you are feeding your cat freely (always keep food out and let it eat as it pleases), stop doing this. There are two main benefits of implementing a feeding schedule: it increases the reward value of food as a training device, and it also introduces some routines into your cat’s life (believe it or not, most cats actually prefer it).
Train smart. If you use snacks (highly recommended to achieve the desired results), schedule a pre-meal training session: your cat’s natural desire for food during regular meals will increase his attention and his desire to obey you (so he can show hospitality .)
Take baby steps. When training your cat, it’s best to lay the groundwork first and then try to expand his skills.
The cat’s attention span is short and the boredom threshold is also very low. Keep the lessons short and interesting – and always try to end on a positive note.

A successful example of cat training:
Train your cat to “sit” and listen to the command

 

“Sit” is a good basic command for your cat to know, as it forms the basis for many other more advanced techniques and commands (e.g., “hold,” “beg,” and “high five”).

  1. Make your training rod more effective by soaking the tip of the training rod in the small tuna oil and using it to get your cat’s attention (wave it, drag it across his face, etc.)
  2. Once he walks in front of you, place the wand on top of his head so that it is slightly behind the top of his head.
  3. He will tilt his head back to keep his eyes on it. When he does this, he naturally sits down (otherwise his neck can’t bend back enough to keep looking at the training stick).
  4. When he sits down, say the word “sit down.” This is a verbal cue for this command (your cat will grow up, pair this command with sitting down, and eventually you’ll ask him to sit. Learn to sit.)
  5. Once his buttocks touch the ground, click the clicker. Accurate timing is very important.
  6. Give him a snack right after clicking. Make sure it is cut very small – if he eats it for more than two seconds he will forget why you gave it to him.
  7. Repeat this process a few more times and keep doing this for the next several weeks until he is satisfied with his expectations. When he’s able to sit down and take orders, you can gradually deactivate the clicker, but still give him snacks every now and then (interestingly, if you give him snacks every time he takes an order, it’s unlikely that he is reliable Obey the order Keep him in his position) The toes seem to increase the chance of obedience! )

 

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