All dog training should be primarily based on a reward. For almost all of our dogs a flavorsome treat will be motivation enough.
There are many food options for treating your dog as reward the main secret's to begin with as low price food reward as practical and only increase the value of reward when you have to increase motivation.
If you begin with the best ham whilst teaching your dog to sit and he becomes acclimatized to it, you'll have little option to upgrade when you teach him to dance. Some dogs are glad to work for raw veg and others only the scummiest liver cake. If you begin as low price as practical then you are leaving more reward options when motivation needs a boost.
Low price food reward:
- Carrot bites
- Cherry tomatoes
- Dry biscuit
Medium value food reward:
- Soft dog treats
- Broken up bendy dog chew
- Tripe from ration
High worth food reward:
- Cooked protein
- Liver cake
The clicker is a great positive re-strengthening tool for basic dog training.
Whilst clicker training your dog smaller food treats are the most effective. A small taste of something succulent will leave your dog wanting more. You may alternate food reward when training so that your dog will never know which value of treat to expect.
To reward an especially good training result you can supply your dog with a clicker jackpot. This is where one click provides a shower of treats. This is best used at the end of a training session to end on a high note so that in the next training session, the dog is enthusiastic and looking to get another jackpot. So the dog will try harder than usual because of the jackpot, it is really a great training technique.
Rewarding good behavior and ignoring bad is positive dog training. Motivation in a form that can work for your dog will produce the best results. For some more information on basic dog training visit The Dog Trick Academy.
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