Tips for Training
★ Positive reinforcement is key to helping your dog learn!
★ Avoid any punishment!!!
★ Make training fun!
➔ 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.
★ Find your dogs favourite rewards!
★ Reward any good behaviour that you want to see.
★ Ditch the bowl - use your dogs dinner for training!
➔ 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.
★ Play games with your dog regularly!
★ Make training into games.
★ Don't take training too seriously!
➔ 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.
★ Play the training games that you're both good at!
★ Practise new things in short intervals.
★ Stop before your practise gets boring!
➔ 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!