How to Train Your Dog With Positive Reinforcement
You love your dog and want the best for it. Part of being a responsible dog owner is training your dog to be well-behaved and to listen to you. Not everyone likes to have a dog close by, and if you meet someone like this, it’s reassuring to know that your dog will come when you call.
How to Do Basic Positive Reinforcement Training
It’s best to start training your dog when it’s still a puppy. There’s a reason for the saying, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” The easiest command to start with is “sit.” Before you start, make sure that you have some treats in your hand to give your dog when it obeys you, because a tasty reward for your pup helps.
You should clearly say the word and push the dog’s hindquarters down with your hand. Stand before your dog with the treat held out in your closed fist. If it jumps up, withdraw your hand and deny them the treat for now.
Repeat this exercise a few times. Say the word, “sit,” with your hand held out in front of you, deny the treat if the dog jumps up, lean over and push the hindquarters down to sit, and when the dog is passive and clam in the sitting position, give them the treat.
Another way to do positive reinforcement training is to use a clicker. These are loud clicking devices that make a sharp crack sound when you push it. You use the clicker just before you give your dog a treat so that he learns to associate the sound with a treat. Your dog will soon obey the command to sit with only the clicker sound or your voice saying the word; however, you can still provide a treat to show how much you love his obedience.
What Treats Should You Use for Dog Training?
All treats you choose to use for dog training must be delicious. It’s no good trying to get a dog to obey you when it doesn’t like what you’re giving it. There are some valuable brands out there who make healthy and nutritious treats and rewards that won’t make your dog fat or fill it up with useless calories.
Some of the varieties that are available for you to choose from are:
- Crunchy dog treats
- Soft-moist dog treats
- Jerky dog treats
- Dental dog treats and bones
- Bite-sized dog treats that are perfect for positive reinforcement
- Seasonal treats for special days when fun, wholesome, and delicious snacks and treats are a bonus
Remember to check the ingredients when you buy treats for your dog. They should contain only the best canine meat cuts and flavorings. Your dog can’t choose its food for itself, so it’s up to you to ensure that the food and treats your doggets will make it happy and healthy in the long-term.