Alright, so I've been reading through these forums, and have come across a few things I really don't understand, so I thought I'd get some of them clarified by some members.
One of these things is TOT. Can someone please explain to me what this means? I really have absolutely no clue, and none of the stuff I've read so far has explained it to me. How does it work? What does it stand for?
Also, can someone explain Clicker training to me? I've heard of this before, and have some idea of what it is/how it works, but would like some more of an explanation of it from people who have used it.
I've actually spent the entire last year at TAFE studying dog training, so it really sucks to me that I have absolutely no clue what half this stuff means. None of it has ever been explained to me through the entire course, it was simply 'teach the dog to do this, and this is how'. Really frustrating to me, because it just makes me feel more like I've wasted a year and a fortune of my parents money.
I'd love any other tips on different training techniques, etc. I'm always looking to learn, and I'm still looking for a way I'm one hundred percent happy with as far as my own dog is concerned. I've got the basics done for him for the most part, and without treats- He sits, drops, comes when he's called, stays etc. I've taught him to leave anything I say is 'mine'( Bad, bad word to use for a leave it command, really- Will never forget the look on a jogger's face when I told my dog the dead duck floating in the pond he was sniffing was 'mine' ). His recall could be better, but it's hard to work on because I can't really let him off lead often, due to his problems with other dogs and phobias of things. I need to work on his lead work, which is my current focus. He has a routine he follows for his food. I think I'm doing ok, but again, always willing to learn!!
thankyou in advance, and apologies for the long post!