Do you need to train your dog? Positive reinforcement is the best and most effective way of dog training.
Positive reinforcement is the most effective and humane way to train animals.
The basic principle of positive reinforcement is to reward a desired behavior with something pleasant. Timing is essential; to get the animal to associate the reward with the correct behavior, the treat or praise must be delivered immediately. Consistency is essential – always reward the desired behavior.
Don’t ever reward undesired behavior.
The reward for good behavior can be a favorite toy, a game, petting, praise, or food treats.
Most dogs and cats will work for food; food is the most common training reward. Use small pieces of soft treats that don’t require a lot of chewing, so that you don’t lose the animals focus on the task at hand. Offer praise and food rewards every time a dog is learning a new behavior.
When the dog responds consistently to a command, you can praise him without offering any treats.
Your dog will learn commands better if everyone in your household uses the same commands.
Some commonly used commands are:
- down (used when you want your dog to lay down)
- off (used when a dog has jumped up on someone)
Keep training sessions short – you want training to be fun for both you and your pet.
Dogs are very sensitive to the tone of your voice, so if you’re not in the best of moods, put off the training session until you can enjoy the time spent with your dog.
All dogs need regular exercise and social interaction to keep in tune with their social skills.
After some basic training, your dog will be able to politely interact with most humans whether they are guests in your home or strangers in the park.