Not many will know the answer to this question, most will not even know what an ouch tolerance is. One of the common definitions for tolerance is, the act or capacity of enduring, and this definition coincides well with ouch tolerance. Ouch tolerance is when your protection dog gives a yelp after giving them a leash correction when disciplining them. If your dog steps out of line, by no means never should you hit, kick or yell at the dog. Instead discipline them by giving them a leash correction, which in turn triggers their ouch tolerance. A scale is used to determine your dog’s tolerance, it ranges from 1 to 10, 10 being the highest and 1 the lowest. Every dog has a different threshold, in terms of their ouch tolerance correction. If your dog has a low tolerance, this does not mean that they are weak. All this means is that your dogs is handler sensitive, and for some a dog with a lower ouch tolerance works better. This is especially true for elderly people who own a protection dog.
While training a protection dog, the dog’s ouch tolerance can usually be determined. When you are training your dog on a leash, you can detect it best. This is because you will be able to tell when your dog yelps or how much it takes them to yelp after correcting them on a leash. Training your dog on a leash can occur by simply walking down a street. There are certain pieces of equipment that are often necessary for this kind of training. A prong collar is often used because it has a better effect, unlike a flat collar that has little to no effect. Prong collars are used in the learning face, obedience, basics obedience, and intermediate face of the obedience training. A very lazy and unbeneficial way to train your protection dog is the electric collar, or more commonly referred to as the shock collar. It is important to correct your protection dog accordingly, whether its is a German Shepherd, Belgian Malinois, or Dutch Shepherd. For example, if they do not sit when you come to a stop sign, it is not the end of the world. If a protection dog has a certain ouch tolerance, you should take this into consideration for your correction level; for example, if your dog has a ouch tolerance of a five, then the correction level should be a three. There must always be a constant communication between you are your dog, and it is important to treat your dog fair, but firm.