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Positive Reinforcement Training All training should involve using positive reinforcement methods. Using aversive methods creates a dog who lacks confidence and in turn becomes fearful of learning new things.
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If the dog responds correctly reward him. If the dog responds incorrectly take away the reward. Rewards are things the dog likes food, toys, freedom and petting. Each dog has preferences. It is not a reward unless the dog finds it rewarding.
Basic training commands Foundation skills are the basis for all other training, start with these and then increase the level of difficulty as the dog acquires more skill. Keep training sessions short, make learning fun, and be patient.
Tips: Begin this training protocol over again while standing or try it in a different location. By doing this the dog will eventually generalize that sit means sit no matter where he is or where you are standing.
1. Begin by holding a treat close to your dog’s nose slightly above his head. This is best done if you are sitting in a chair, as standing over him can 2. 3.
make him nervous. Some dogs will lick or try to get the treat but wait until he puts his behind on the floor. When he does this, say “yes” and give the dog the treat. Do this several times until he sets as soon as you hold the treat above his head. Once the dog is sitting reliably you may begin just using the hand signal of holding your hand, palm up slightly above his head and when he sits, say “yes” and give him a treat with the other hand. Repeat this a few times. When the dog is responding reliably to the hand signal it’s time to add the verbal cue. Say “sit”, give the hand signal, give the treat when he sits. After a few repetitions he should begin sitting before the hand signal is given. At this point the dog is beginning to understand that the word sit means to put his behind on the floor.
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Tips: It is sometimes useful to begin training this cue while sitting on the floor with the dog. You may then graduate to sitting in a chair, and then to standing.
1. With a treat in your hand palm facing down, lure your dog to the floor. Do not let the dog have the treat if he is licking and pawing. Hold your 2. 3.
hand down and be patient. As soon as the dog lies down on his stomach, give him a treat. Repeat this a few times. As with training sit, once the dog is reliably responding to the lure, you may begin just using the hand signal. With your palm facing the floor begin at the dog’s eye level and gradually, slowly bring your hand to the floor, when the dog lays down say “yes” and give him a treat. Repeat this several times. When the dog lays down with the hand signal it is time to add the word “down”. Say “down” and then give the hand signal. When the dog responds correctly say “yes” and give a treat. After several repetitions, the dog should begin to lay down on the verbal cue. When the dog is responding to the verbal command for down give him a larger reward when he responds to the verbal cue. This should increase the speed of his response to the down cue.
You may consider using a game of tug as a reward for responding to the recall command. Once your dog is coming to you reliably in a safe fenced area, you can begin to work with him in other locations. Keep him secured with a long line, when out in public. Never use your dog’s name while correcting him, or call him to do something he finds unpleasant, like a toenail trim.
1. Begin teaching your dog in a quiet environment. So that he does not become distracted when you call him to you. Start by saying your dog’s 2. 3.
name, when he is just a couple of feet from you. When he turns to look at you, in a cheerful voice say “come”. When he moves towards you, say “yes” and when he arrives at your side, give him a treat. As your dog comes to you reliably from a few feet away add some distance. Say his name when he looks say “come” in a happy tone, as he moves towards you say “yes” and when he arrives give him a treat. When your dog becomes more reliable at coming to you from greater distances indoors, begin to work with the recall command outdoors. In a safe fenced area, you can do the exercise as you did it inside, or you may need to add a long line leash, to prevent him from wandering too far. Outdoors there are many sounds and smells that he may find too distracting. To increase the dog’s motivation to come to you outdoors, call his name, say “come”, and run away from him. When he chases after you say “yes”, stop running and when he arrives give him a treat.
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If the distraction or distance is too much for the dog go back to the previous step. Be sure to always use your release word to the dog is not releasing himself from the stay.
1. Begin with your dog sitting close to you, with your palm facing your dog hold your hand in front of you as though you were telling traffic to 2.
stop. Wait a couple of seconds, reward your dog for being still by saying “yes” and give a treat. Do this several times. In the next session ask your dog to sit, say “stay”, give the hand signal, wait a few seconds and give the food reward. At this time, add a release word, such as okay. This lets the dog know the stay is over and they can move. Once your dog will sit in the stay position for a full minute you can begin to add distance. Begin adding distance by placing your dog on a stay and take one step to the side. If the dog stays, come back and give a food reward, then a release word. Do this several times. In the next session, give the “stay” command and take a step back, say “yes”, give reward, give release word. Repeat this several times. As the dog improves with being able to stay when you move one step away, add an additional step. Once you can take 5 steps back or to the side, you may increase the distance. When your dog will stay with you at a distance of 10 paces for 2 minutes, you may then add a higher distraction level. such as doing the exercises in the backyard, or in the house with the door open. Be sure to have your dog on a leash if you are practicing where they may escape.
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