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.
FDSA Free Puppy Book
Articles to Read
Why Cigarettes are More Addicting than Heroin and How It Applies to Dog Training:
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:
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!
Watch this video on Dog Body Language: Understanding Dog Body Language - Learn how to read dogs behavior better
Other good resources for training: