The training methods for dogs are similar to diets for women: there are tons of them, and every year a new “guru” appears who supposedly knows how it really works. Forget about all these types and make sure that the daily amount of calories does not exceed a certain limit. This applies to you and of course also to your dog: The giving of delicacies as a reward and for motivation is a popular educational aid that can go on the hips without the necessary tactfulness – that of the dog, of course.
The principle of this method seems simple: positive, i.e. correct behavior is encouraged, wrong behavior is not punished, but simply ignored. But there are a few things to consider here too. Or do you know the correct answer to the question: When do I give my dog a treat? The timing is crucial and getting the right one is not that easy in practice!
Take the command “Sit!” As an example. and assume that the dog does not yet understand any commands, i.e. that it is still in the learning phase. So the first thing to do is to get him into a sitting position. One trick is to stand in front of him and bring his attention up to your own face. He will sit down automatically so that he can look up better. Now the treat is used. Two things are important: First: the command “Sit!” for the dog to be associated with the act of sitting down and, secondly, to reward the act as correct. It works as follows: while the dog sits down of its own accord, the appropriate command is given. As soon as he is seated, a high “Fine!” praised and immediately (!!) given a treat.
After repeating it several times, the dog will usually understand what his human wants from him. He recognizes the command and he knows that it is worth carrying out for him. So the treat is the dog’s motivation to obey. That too is a point that you should never forget. It doesn’t do it for you, it does it for the sausage. Therefore, treats should mainly be used as an educational aid in the learning phase and combined with praise as motivation. This is the only way to ensure that he follows without him getting a treat.
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