Tips for Training

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Reinforcement

What?

★ Positive reinforcement is key to helping your dog learn!

★ Avoid any punishment!!!

★ Make training fun!

Why?

➔ It's science - the more positive associations your dog has with something, the more they're going to do it.

➔ Punishment creates fear in your dog, can damage your relationship and doesn't guarantee long term change!

➔ By making sessions as fun as possible then more you both enjoy it and the better your dog will learn.

Rewards

What?

★ Find your dogs favourite rewards!

★ Reward any good behaviour that you want to see.

★ Ditch the bowl - use your dogs dinner for training!

Why?

➔ Understandably, your dog will work harder to get access to their favourite things.

➔ Ensuring you reward the stuff you want will increase its likelihood of reoccurring.

➔ By using you dogs dinner during training you can ensure your dog wont get fat, and you don't waste such useful rewards.

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Games

What?

★ Play games with your dog regularly!

★ Make training into games.

★ Don't take training too seriously!

Why?

➔ By playing with your dog you'll have a great bond together.

➔ Using games to teach your dog ensures you both enjoy the sessions.

➔ Remember, it must be fun for your dog to learn, if you're getting stressed or bored, they will be too.

Practise

What?

★ Play the training games that you're both good at!

★ Practise new things in short intervals.

★ Stop before your practise gets boring!

Why?

➔ Playing and practising what you're both good at will ensure you're having fun and are focused.

➔ Shorter time working on a new skill will reduce the chances of accidentally reinforcing the wrong behaviour.

➔ If it gets boring or even confusing, your dog may stop paying attention and then your cue word means nothing to them!

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