How to train your dog to walk in the subway
A dog training company is taking the concept of walking on train tracks to the next level.
The Dog Trainers of America (DTAA) is offering its dog training classes for children, and its website offers tips on how to train a dog to follow commands and be a “walk-in-the-street” companion.
“If you want to train the dogs to walk on a train track, then they are going to want to learn the same commands that we do,” said Rob Schmitt, the company’s founder and chief executive officer.
“You’re going to need to train them to follow the signals, and they’re going the train tracks and they want to be in a position to interact with people,” he said.
The DTAA has been operating in New York City for more than a decade.
It has a training program for dogs aged five and up.
Training sessions are held at different locations in New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts.
Schmitt said the company has trained more than 100 dogs so far, and it plans to train about 100 more in the coming months.
“They have a tremendous amount of knowledge,” he told Al Jazeera.
“In the case of our dogs, they’re very good at understanding human cues, and the human signals are very simple.”
In some ways, dogs can learn more quickly than people do, because they’re used to the routine of being with humans, Schmitt explained.
“A dog’s not a very human-like dog,” he added.
“It’s like being a human, and a dog is a human being.
They have to learn to live in a very, very different world than we do.”
The Dog Trainer’s Apprentice training course is a two-day program.
Participants learn how to control their dog’s behaviour with the help of a video, and learn about how to keep them in a relaxed, relaxed space.
Schloss said dogs have “a lot of freedom”.
“The thing about dogs is they don’t have a lot of control over their own lives,” he explained.
Schmitt said dogs are also more relaxed in social situations, which could be useful for training.
“Dogs can be socialized to a certain degree, so they don: when they see a human they’ll associate it with a human,” he stressed.
Schloss said training dogs to follow a cue could help train them not to panic if they get into trouble.
“That would be the kind of training that could help you teach your dogs not to become anxious or afraid, and to understand a situation,” he suggested.
“So, they could be taught to be more confident and less scared and that would help them to be able to be better on their own,” he concluded.
Schiff said he hopes his business can help people “learn how to be safer with their dogs, and that they can become better people and that is the whole purpose of the training course”.