Monday, February 8, 2010

Positive Reinforcement Dog Training

Dog Training Positive Reinforcement

Positive reinforcement dog training involves the use of positive actions, rewards and praise in the place of corrective actions or punishment in order to teach your dog the right way to behave. Positive reinforcement dog training is more effective than punishment as punishment has been proved to hardly ever work well in the basic training of puppies or new dogs.

The key to effectively using positive reinforcement dog training is to first discover what motivates your pet, and then use that motivator to reward your dog whenever they do something right or behave correctly. Some common motivators that you can use in positive reinforcement dog training include toys, treats, verbal praise, physical affection or even a combination of any of the above.

Positive reinforcement dog training involves verbal praise techniques using a determined set of cue words which will instruct your dog on the action you would like them to perform. Some of the most basic cue words used in dog training include: sit, stay, come, down, off and stand. When the dog obeys a command or cue word, you should give them praise. However, when they fail to obey or do not seem to have learnt what you wish them to do, you should withhold the praise.

Positive reinforcement dog training acts on the instinctive desire of every dog to be accepted into a pack – in this case, the pack being you and your family. To your dog, you are the leader of the pack and they would want to please you by behaving in the correct way in order to ensure that you live harmoniously together. As such, positive reinforcement dog training is very beneficial for not only getting your dog to behave well, but also strengthening the bond between you and your dog who will only grow to love you more, instead of fear you because of the punishment you may mete out to them.

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