All you need to know about Positive dog training


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Positive training is one of the most effective tools for changing or shaping your dog’s behaviour. Dogs don’t care about money, they only care about praise, food or toys. Positive Training training uses rewards (praise, favourite food or toy or anything that dog finds rewarding) for desired results. Dogs repeat the behaviours that are rewarding, that’s why positive Training training. 

Positive and Negative Training

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Training can be positive as well as negative. Positive Training means adding something your dog really loves, like a piece of chicken or a toy after they do a behaviour according to your instructions. Negative Training means removing something that the dog wants to get the behaviour to happen again. Always keep in mind that negative Training does not mean punishing your dog for undesired behaviour. 

Here are some tips to help you to train your dog with the help of positive Training training. 

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  • The use of positive Training methods is a universally endorsed technique for a dog’s training as it is the most safest, effective and long lasting method. Always choose something that is truly rewarding from your dog’s point of view. If your dog isn’t cooperating, then never force on it.
  • Avoid distractions like kids or other pups running around. Many attractive rewards are also provided by the environment like, sight of other animals and interesting smell. Once your dog masters working around distractions then rate of Training, i.e. how often to give reward, should be frequent enough to keep your training session interesting than the environment.
  • While using positive Training, correct time is very important. Treat your dog within seconds after performing the desired behaviour, otherwise your pet may not associate properly in the future. Using a marker like a whistle or a clicker during training can give you an incredible precision with your timing. A marker can be used at the exact moment your dog is doing what you wanted to reinforce so that your dog can figure out why he is being rewarded. 
  • Use short and uncomplicated verbal cues and the same cues should be used by other family members to avoid any confusion. Since a dog learns from our body language, so first encourage your dog to “sit” and “down“ position before asking them with the words. It takes proper planning and practice to train a dog with the help of verbal cues, but it pays off in effective learning for your dog. 

Conclusion

Positive Training training or training with rewards is fun and encourages a love of learning in your dogs. Such trainings helps in building a strong relationship between a human and a dog, making it easier to find effective solution for any problem that a dog might be facing. It is our responsibility to give the required tools and confidence to a dog to survive in the human world.

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