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Dog Training Using The Reward Training Method

While reward training is commonly viewed as the most current style of dog training, it is actually a lot older than most other methods of dog training. It is likely that the reward training method has been in use since dogs were domesticated thousands of years ago. Early humans likely used some unofficial type of reward training when refining the wolf pups that ultimately became domesticated dogs.

Tip: You are the leader and you should not let the dog decide when he wants to listen. If you don't intend to follow through with enforcing a command, save it for later.

A lot of the ideas about current methods of reward training go back several decades. But what we know as reward training today has only enjoyed its recognition for the past 10 or so years.

Tip: If you want to be successful at dog obedience training, you must be willing to commit to a specific amount of time on a consistent basis. Dogs will learn orders after you repeat them for a while.

Most reward training proponents are not so eager about other methods of dog training, like the leash and collar style. It is likely, though, that the best approach to training your dog will be a mixture of leash and collar training with reward training.

Tip: A dog has an inquiring mind and will look at one thing for quite a while until its attention is broken. With enough training, your dog should be able to pay more attention to your orders.

Additionally, a certain training style might work great for one particular dog, but not for another. Some dogs who are not motivated by reward training but do well with the leash/collar method, and other dogs respond well to reward training while leash/collar training does not work at all. Fortunately, the majority of dogs fall somewhere in between.

Tip: Your dog needs to exercise its brain too. Dogs who do not over-chew can greatly benefit from canine puzzle toys, as they help with problem solving and senses.

One of the more popular methods of reward training currently is clicker training. While clicker training does not work for every dog, it can still be a highly useful method of training dogs. The way clicker training works is by teaching to associate a clicking sound with a positive reinforcement, such as a treat. When the dog does something well, the trainer reacts by clicking the clicker, then immediately offering the dog a treat. In time, the dog learns to react to the clicker only.

Tip: Your dog may be terrified of thunderstorms. Talk with your veterinarian if your pet is extremely afraid of thunder.

In reward training the most common type of treat is a food reward. Almost always, complex tricks or behaviors can only be taught using this type of reinforcement. In fact, trainers who train dogs for movies and television use food-based reward training almost totally.

Tip: When training your dog, always remember to have fun. Try and develop a bond with your dog by playing with him, it will only encourage the dog to want to please you more during training.

Reward training is used for all types of dog training, including for police and military work. The majority of training in scent detection and tracking utilize a kind of reward training. You can also use reward training in teaching the basic dog training commands.

Tip: Giving praise to your dog for a job well done is important. Show enthusiasm, smile widely and make sure the dog gets treats after exhibiting the behaviors you want.

In reward training a lure is frequently employed to entice the dog into a desired position or stance. The lure helps to convince the dog to perform the sought after behavior of his own volition.

Tip: Always remain consistent when crate training any young pups. The first thing to keep in mind is that you must let him use the bathroom as soon as he's let out.

Getting the dog to carry out a behavior without being handled is important. The point of the training, in fact, is to get the dog to execute a behavior without any handling by the trainer.

Tip: Harnesses can give you less control of a dog than a cinching collar. Use a collar and a harness at the same time to make your dog understands that the harness means he must obey you as well.

Once the dog has carried out the commanded behavior, he is rewarded with a positive reinforcement, such as a food treat. Treats are often used in order to reinforce good behaviors, but other positive reinforcements, such as verbal praise, can also be used for reinforcement.

Tip: Avoiding accidents entirely is the best way to toilet train a dog. Learn to know the things your pet does when it needs to go.

It is important that a reward-trained dog also be a reliable dog. If a dog is trained to do a job, such as police work or drug detection, outside distractions are to be expected. Therefore it is important to train the dog to work and be focused around diversions, as well as to socialize him with other animals and people.

Tip: If you want to take your dog on a trip, take all necessary items. Things such as food and water bowls, paper toweling and waste bags are critical for a smooth trip.

Sometimes dog trainers only train the dog inside the house or back yard, only when the owner is there, free of distractions. It is important to take the dog outside of his comfort zone and introduced to new people and situations.

It is also important that the dog be trained to pay attention to the handler always. When the owner has the complete attention of the dog, he has complete control of the dog. When executed correctly, reward training is a very effective training method that helps to earn the respect and the attention of the dog.

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