Principles of Positive Training #1

Training should be an enjoyable experience for both you and your dog. The more you understand about how your dog thinks and learns, the more effectively you can communicate. Clear communication means successful training and good behaviour—with no need for coercion or physical corrections.

Behaviour that is rewarded is more likely to reoccur. In other words, dogs do what works for them. If your dog was given praise and a treat the last time he sat, he is more likely to sit again the next time you ask. If he knows that jumping up on you will earn your attention, he’ll keep jumping, as your attention is a reward. This powerful principle is a key component of reward-based training.

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