Let's start from the beginning. I wonder how many of us really spend time on training the dog, making best of it, and most importantly care what the dog thinks or feels.
Just the way we explain to our children why they should not act the way they want, why is it not right, what should they do instead, and at the end rewarding them if things worked out the way they were supposed to. If we reward or praise, they are more likely to repeat the same behavior with the confidence that they do the right thing. It sounds easy, right?
However, we often forget to do the same with our four-legged friends. They are somewhat similar to children. Scientists tend to say that dogs' mental abilities are close to a human child age between 2 and 2.5 years.
Training with rewards is all about teaching your dog that good things happen when they make the right choice. For instance, when the dog gives a paw, we reward him. This moment of being rewarded settles in their mind, and next time they are in the same situation. If you really want to master your dog's skills, then rewarding is the best way to do so. Making them feel happy for what they do will makes it last long. Moreover, rewarding your puppy or grown-up dog helps to build trust and positive bond between dog and the owner. According to recent studies, people who reward their dogs tend to report fewer behavior problems.
In order to make it work, you have to find out what the dog really likes and is willing to work for. Reward for good behavior only. What I also find important is timing when you reward. Give the treat immediately, do not wait too long; otherwise, the dog will forget.
Last but certainly not least, enjoy the training and HAVE FUN. Live the moments with your best friend!
With BIG love,