Positive Dog Training
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Positive Dog Training

Positive dog training coaches a dog to do the things you want using rewards, praises, hugs, food etc as motivators. The underlying principle of positive dog training is to manipulate the consequences for the animal so that it behaves in an acceptable or desirable way. Positive dog training is not about throwing food at the dog, and playing games. It requires a lot of creative thinking and patience to conduct positive dog training.

Positive motivation techniques are the tools used in positive dog training. The benefits of positive dog-training technique are that your dog will not become scared or aggressive, try to cower from you or respond only when it suits him. He associates every right behavior with some kind of reward, so good behavior is something he will strive to excel at: not because he loves you any more, but because he wants more rewards. The owner also benefits from positive dog training as it creates a strong and loving bond between the dog and himself, as well as establishes the owner as the leader of the pack.

Many different types of rewards can be used in positive dog training. Life rewards refer to activities that the dog likes including taking off his leash for some fun time, letting him go outside, playing a game with him etc. Food rewards refer to chewables and eatables that your dog loves. Using food to reward positive behavior is an important aspect of positive dog training. Throwing in unexpected bonuses from time to time makes it all the more pleasurable for your dog. Attention rewards refer to rewarding your dog by paying attention, petting, praising or simply hugging him.

Positive dog training realizes that behavior is reward driven. Remember, dogs are not born to be your companions. They cannot distinguish between the right and wrong ways to behave. This has to be ingrained in them by coaching them regularly and persistently. Rewarding the dog for his desirable reactions reinforces the behavior. But, punishing the dog when he does not do what you want only confuses the dog and makes him aggressive or afraid. He does not realize that he has done something undesirable. He only knows, through positive dog training, that certain behavior are desirable.

The good thing about positive dog training is that these methods are gentle enough to be started when your pup is just 6 weeks old. When the pup is young, have short lessons and lots of rest or play time in between. The attention span of a young pup is low, and he will get bored if you try to teach for longer periods.

Another good thing about positive dog training is that everyone at home can do it. Actually, it is advisable that everyone at home participates in positive dog training. But, consistency must be observed and regular practice of lessons learnt is also a must.

Most people worry that positive dog training will make a dog dependent on food for good behavior. But, this is not true. A major facet of positive dog training is to use variables, whenever possible. Rotate the rewards and interchange the way in which you reinforce a desired behavior. You can start off a desired response by rewarding it with food, but once the dog learns the pattern, leave off the food reward. Start using the attention reward, instead. A martingale style collar, a 4-6 foot leash, and probably a clicker (optional) are all the tools you will need for positive dog training.

Dogs respect and need leadership. So, positive dog training is all about how good a leader you can be. If you lead well, the dog is sure to follow. Be gentle but firm with undesirable traits. Ignore the dog completely when he does something you do not like. Slowly, but surely, he will start doing the things that will earn him a reward. In turn, you will be rewarded for your patience and hard work when you dog does you proud.

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