How Dogs Learn

Positive reinforcement training will increase the probability of a desired behaviour being repeated.  Simply put, behaviours that are rewarded are repeated.    While rewarding behaviours, everything and everyone present during training will become associated with that reward.​

  • Train through positive reinforcement of desired behaviour.

  • Maintain desired behaviour through practice.

Feedback for any behaviour that you wish to increase or decrease must be given within a second of the behaviour

  • Use a reward marker “good” and a gentle no-reward marker “oops/whoops” as feedback.

Dogs are masters at reading body language

  • Use hand signals along with verbal cue/cue/commands

Dogs can discriminate fine differences in their environment

  • Train everywhere and with everyone

Benefits of reinforcement

  • Positive reinforcement fosters confidence and trust.

  • Positive reinforcement becomes associated with the person delivering it.

  • Positive reinforcement is easy to give and to receive.

Problems with punishment

  • Punishment can cause aggression.

  • Punishment becomes associated with the person giving the punishment.

  • Punishment has to be strong enough to be effective but without causing physical or psychological damage – a difficult and sensitive balance.

 

​We love clicker training.  Marker or Clicker Training gets amazingly quick results.  Here are some links to get you started.

https://www.clickertraining.com/get-started

https://www.clickertraining.com/15tips

http://www.clickertraining.com/library

FDSA Free Puppy Book

https://www.fenzidogsportsacademy.com/images/fdsa/Growing-Up-FDSA-eBook.pdf

Articles to Read

Why Cigarettes are More Addicting than Heroin and How It Applies to Dog Training:

https://drsophiayin.com/blog/entry/dog-training-tip-why-cigarettes-are-more-addicting-than-heroin-and-how-it-a/

 

Why “Choice” is the Critical Key to a Great Dog

https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2018/06/why-choice-is-the-critical-key-to-a-great-dog/

Its yer choice (IYC) - the long version of IYC with the red cattle dog mix. http://dogsthatlisten.com/tim/

Mouthing, Nipping and Biting in Puppies:

https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/dog-care/common-dog-behavior-issues/mouthing-nipping-and-biting-puppies

Teaching a dog to not Jump Up: https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2019/04/train-my-dog-not-to-jump-up

Dog Body Language and How They Communicate

Learn about how dogs communicate with each other and us - canine body language is very important!

Other good resources for training:

https://positively.com/

https://drsophiayin.com/resources/dog_behavior/

https://susangarrettdogagility.com/

https://dogsthat.com/

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