Training your dog can be very challenging or as easy as you make it to be. Choosing the right technique to train your dog is also another thing. But let’s jump start your dog’s training with the 3 top tips for positive reinforcement that works!

 

Positive Reinforcement is rewarding your dog’s positive behavior. Use treats, toys and even play to reinforce positive behavior or rewards. No one likes to work for free. Not rewarding your dog for good behavior is like going to work and not getting paid. Here are the Top 3 Tips to make Positive Reinforcement Training work for you and your dog!

 

TIP #1: CONSISTENCY

Consistency is one of the key factors in training your dog. If you’ve never trained a dog day in your life but you’re consistent with your routine and things you do with your dog, they will actually learn what they need to do. Every time you see your dog do a good behavior, reward them. If you see them sitting or being calm (and they’re usually jumping), give them a pet on the head or give them a little treat. 

 

TIP #2: TIMING

Timing is another key factor in training. When you’re at work, you understand the timing of when you get paid. You know that you’re either going to get paid at the end of the month or end of the week. 

Dogs don’t have that same sort of understanding. They don’t understand being rewarded at a later time or date. For positive reinforcement to work, you have to reward your dog right away. Whether it’s a treat or a pet on the head, just make sure your dog knows he’s being rewarded for good behavior right away. 

 

TIP #3: REWARDS

Rewards are different for every single dog. Select the right rewards. Find out what motivates your dog. Is your dog motivated by food or play?

To make positive reinforcement training work for you, use your dog’s number 1 reward choice in more distracting places (i.e. outside training). When you’re outside, you’re competing with other things that may be more attractive for you