"Consistency is Key"

Everyone in the family should use the same commands…otherwise, your dog may be confused.  It  might help to post a list of commands where everyone can become familiar with them.

Consistency also means ALWAYS rewarding the desired behavior and NEVER rewarding undesired behavior!


"When to Use Positive Reinforcement""

The GOOD:  Positive reinforcement is great for teaching your dog commands, and it's also a good way of reinforcing good behavior.  Have your dog sit.

*before letting him out of the door (which helps prevent "door-darting")

*before petting him (which helps prevent jumping on people)

*before feeding him (which helps teach him good meal-time manners)

Give him a pat or a "Good Boy" for lying quietly by your feet, or slip a "treat" into his toy when he's chewing it instead of your shoe (this REALLY works!)


The BAD:  Be careful that you don't inadvertently use positive reinforcement to reward unwanted behaviors.  For example, if you let your dog outside everytime he barks at a noise in the neighborhood, you're giving him a reward (access to the yard) for behavior you want to discourage.


Tomorrow, I'll be blogging about shaping your dog's behavior and some types of rewards (hint..food, toys, and praise).

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