There are Dog Training Techniques to teach your dog in a way that is fun and enjoyable for both of you. Punishment or physical force tends to be ineffective, controntational, creates fear and destroys trust between you. Dogs tend to repeat behaviours they find rewarding but not those that aren’t, so reward-based training works very effectively with most.
Dog Training Techniques
LURE AND REWARD
The easiest way to to train your dog to perform an action is to lure him into producing the action that you want with a treat. This works on the principle that where his nose goes, his body will follow, for example commands like sit, lie down, stand, leave, gie, walk and return to you.
WHEN TO REWARD YOUR DOG
- Reward your dog as soon as he performs the action you want, otherwise he won’t associate the two.
- Once he understands what you want him to do, vary the type and value of the reward so he doesn’t know waht he si going to get. If it’s too predictable he will begin to ignore it. Keep him guessing.
- Don’t take good behaviour for granted-notice, praise and reward it once it been learned, not just while teaching it.
- Reward only those actions you want; ignore those you don’t.
HOW TO REWARD
Rewards for your dog includes praise, petting, food and play. The last two would be the most desirable to him. Most dogs are motivated by food; if yours isn’t interested in what you are offering, maybe you haven’t yet found something tempting enough. For the greatest success, your dog needs to be hungry enough really to want food treats, but not so desperate that all he can do is concentrate on the food instead of what he needs to do to earn it.
Use an appropriate level of treat for the task you are asking your dog to perform, using a high-level reward for new actions or those he finds particularly hard and reducing the level of reward once it is well established. Using the highest-value treat too often will devalue itand your dog will refuse to work for anything less. It will also leave you with nothing better to tempt him with in a really challenging situation.
If you are using a lot of food treats, reduce his daily rations to avoid him gaining weight. Devide treats into tiny pieces so they are easy to eat quickly and don’t fill your dog up too fast. Another form of reward is to release your dog to an activity he finds enjoyable. For example, having asked him to come back to you, reward hi by sending him again to play.
Use toys as rewards if your dog is more motivated by them than by food – but having to stop to play can be time consuming and it may not always be safe and convenient. Ideally, try to get your dog more interested in food than in toys, and keep your toys as an exciting altenative. All that said enjoy bonding with your dog through enjoyable training.
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