Dog Training For Tricks. Part 6. What Motivates Your Dog?

What Motivates Your Dog?

 

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While there isn’t an immediate “calm down” command we can cast over our hyper or mischievous furry best friends, there are a few things we can do to help bring focus into a training session. Forget the old training methods like the electronic collar or other training devices to aid with attention lapses. Rather find out what rewards your dog likes and use that as his reward for playing the training game and succeeding at it.

Learning and understanding what your dog likes and what motivates him are crucial to being a successful and caring pet parent and trainer. Many pet parents are amazed to learn that dog treats and kibbles just don’t make the cut. Try to be as imaginative as possible when rewarding your dog for good behavior, and always keep the treats as small as possible, possibly ¼ in size. This method of rewarding small bits at a time ensures that you don’t overfeed your pooch and end up with one overweight dog.

So why the reward? This is for something he’s earned and worked for. Food is the best motivator for all dogs. By training your dog with food as a motivator , you’re earning his trust and making him feel that he’s done a great job. This in turn makes him want to learn some more.

Fun and Healthy Ideas For Treats

Organic carrots

Cheerios

Boiled Hamburger Bits

Freeze-Dried Organic Liver

Freeze-Dried Organic Chicken

Grilled Hotdogs

Dried fruits with the exception of raisins, which are toxic to dogs

Bagels Bits

Popcorn

Any Freeze-Dried Organic Treats Made For Dogs

Fresh Organic Vegetable Bits

Keeping your furry best friend healthy and in shape means feeding him healthy. Don’t overfeed him one certain treat, surprise him with many different healthy and organic treats so that he doesn’t know what he’s getting.It’s a surprise! This makes training that much more exciting for him- the anticipation of a yummy treat. Think like a dog!

Other Types Of Fun Rewards for Fido

Tennis balls, Frisbees, toys and different games like fetch, catch and squeaky toy play can enhance the quality time you and your furry buddy spend together during training. These are a whole new category of rewards and should be combined with food rewards. Alternate between the two. That way, you canine companion doesn’t pick up weight, burns off any weight he’s gained from the treats and has now bonded with you even more. Shower him with praise and attention and remember to keep those Frisbee games short because they should not distract him from his lesson.

 

 

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Dog Training For Tricks. Part 5. Simple Behavior Changes

Why Working on Simple Behavior Changes is Easiest For Fido

 

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Reward and praise your dog when he is sitting quietly beside you. Reinforce your canine companion when he walks on a long leash without tugging. Reinforce your dog for not barking at the dog that is walking nearby. Catch him in his positive moments and ignore the negative ones when he does something wrong. Training should take place in many different environments such as the dog park, the beach, home, Starbucks, and possibly at a public venue like outside the library or a school.

If you are wanting to fetch children from school with your furry best friend, first do a test run near the school. Some dogs become way too excited at the sound of children, especially when there are many children leaving school at he same time. Pay attention to how he reacts and reward him if he remains calm and impassive in his new environment.

Follow up with a visit to the school when there is an early dismissal and fewer children walk home. Let your dog stand on the other side of the street to watch. Reward him before he starts getting excited. Bring him home. Each time increasing the length of time that he spends nearby the school, until you are able to remain with your dog on a loose-lease and wait for your child. Timing is so important. Improper timing when used in positive training leads to a slower learning curve.

Reinforcement after the click should take place within half a second. Nonetheless, if your dog does something less favorable, wait for at least 5 to 10 seconds after he stops doing the unwanted behavior. Then redirect to the required behavior, and then reinforce.

 

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Dog Training For Tricks.Part 4. Reinforcing The Behaviors You Want.

Reinforcing The Behaviors You Want

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Listing all the existing behaviors that you would like to change makes for easier changes. You have to know what you want to change. Many frustrating behaviors can be easily changed. Break down each behavior into small easy steps. Thirty second increment training can be effective if the behavior being taught is complicated. When your dog has been continually successful with each step, you can then raise the criterion and move on to the next level. Advance each behavior to the next level with lots of praise and treats.

What is a Learned Behavior?

Skinner showed how removing an unpleasant and negative reinforcement strengthens behavior with his Skinner box. Rats in the Skinner box learned avoidance and escape learning. A learned behavior is one that tends to occur at least 8 out of 10 times. If your furry best friend has not learned a behavior 8 times out of ten, then that behavior has not been taught.

Why Keeping Training Sessions Short Works Best For Dogs

We have to train with one thing in mind. Success! All dogs have to experience success without experiencing failure. Picture a mental training book and go through it. Picture all the behaviors that you want from Fido .The key to success is being able to break down each behavior into smaller parts. This is done so that your furry best friend can understand what you are asking of him, and can also understand the behavior that is demanded from him.

Longer training sessions most times lead to failure. Sessions should be three to five minutes max in length, and occur three to five days a day if not more frequently. If you have plenty of time, keep reinforcing the new behavior throughout the day. You only work on two to three behaviors each time.

 

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Dog Training For Tricks. Part 3 Clicker Training

Clicker Training For Dogs

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The clicker is a marker signal. It makes a certain sound that in turn marks the correct behavior the very instant your dog performs it.

What is a Clicker?

It’s a small plastic box that has a metal tongue, which clicks each time you press onto it. Clickers can be bought at all pet stores and online.

How Does My Dog Understand The Click?

The clicker teaches your dog to think .It also allows for dogs to have some control over getting that click. Your dog has to earn it!

Why is The Clicker Better Than Words?

Sometimes our praise may be late. “ Good Boy,” may mark the desired behavior a few seconds later than a click. With the click, it arrives on time, and if we’re late clicking we usually know it’s our fault.

With positive training our dogs are never wrong or stupid. What clicker training has taught us is that specific behaviors can be learned. It’s all about mental attitude. Happier and more focused dogs have an easier time learning. There are stronger relationships, and far less behavioral problems with POSITIVE TRAINING.

The first step is identifying all the behaviors in your canine companion that you’d like to change. For instance, when Rex my Shepherd was a puppy, he loved to jump up on everyone that walked through the front door. Rather than keep him outside, I decided to use the clicker only when he responded and came to me. As he came bounding towards me, I clicked and praised him. This was accompanied by lots of praise and a few treats. After repeating this a few times, Rex stopped jumping up on the guests and started waiting in anticipation for treats when the clicks came.

Why is Ignoring The Behavior You Don’t Like So Important?

This is easier said than done, but once you start doing this you’ll begin to see a pattern emerge.

First Things To Do Are:

*Completely ignore your furry best friend, even if he’s having a great time shredding your favorite loafers.

*Redirect your dog to an activity than you can positively reinforce.

*Use the crate when you find yourself becoming impatient.

*Remember to reinforce only the behavior that you want. Do not accidently reinforce bad behavior when you’re in a rush.

*Prevent bad situations from happening before they actually happen. Put your dog in his crate prior to your children’s friends coming over on a play date, if you know that your dog simply cannot resist chasing them around the house or garden. Crates make a dog feel secure and are part of his home. No dog should be made to sit in his crate for hours, yet for small periods of time the crate yet for small periods of time the crate can serve as a place of comfort and security. Put in some interactive toys when guests come over and a favorite blanket and you’ll notice how nicely he’ll settle down.

 

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Dog Training For Tricks. Part 2 Positive Training

Positive Training

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Training our canine companions should never be stressful. Instead it should be fun and inspiring for both you and your dog. The benefits of positive training are huge.

Positive training not only strengthens your bond with your canine companion, but also teaches you empathy, patience and compassion. You’ll learn how to understand your dog and what really drives him to do the things he does.

Training should not be about power and dominance, and when using the positive approach you will start observing some rather interesting behaviors. All dogs are keen to learn. They all want to be praised and rewarded. So forget the old stuff. Punishment doesn’t have a place here. Here’s why POSITIVE TRAINING works every time!

What Makes Positive Training So Effective?

Positive training enables you to get your furry best friend to perform the behaviors that you want while rewarding him with treats, food and toys in return. It means never using physical or verbal punishment on your dogs and not forcing your dogs to perform a particular behavior through force.

What Makes Positive Training So Easy?

Thanks to Ivan Pavlov, B.F. Skinner, Robert Bailey and many others for allowing us to understand so much about canine behavior. Remember Pavlov and his canine research about dogs that salivated when meat powder was placed in their mouths. With the meat powder he added the metronome, which was a neutral stimulus. After having paired the meat powder with the metronome a few times, Pavlov then turned on the metronome without giving the dog the meat powder. This in turn led to the dogs drooling because they associated the meat powder with the metronome. Association and learning go hand in hand!

B.F. Skinner realized that changes in behavior are a result of the individual’s response to the events that are happening in the environment. Skinner discovered that learning is the outcome of change in observable behaviors.

What Are The Three Laws of Learning?

Rewarded behavior is repeated.

All ignored behavior ceases or stops.

Once the required behavior is in place, there are variable rewards that will strengthen and maintain the required behavior.

First Law of Learning

Negative or positive behavior that is rewarded will be repeated in most instances.

Second Law of Learning

Any behavior that is not reinforced will cease or stop.

Third Law of Learning

Once the required behavior is established, a variable schedule of reinforcement will make this behavior stronger.

 

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Dog Training For Tricks

Getting Back To Basics

Maybe you even have one-he’s hyper, high strung, and training classes involve a game of chase in which only your furry best friend is having fun. Most times, troubling behavior such as hyperactivity or playfulness is simply a sign of puppyhood, and only time and training will bring the difficulties out of your dog’s wild ways. I know that you don’t want to miss out on the fun in training, but harnessing your dog’s inattentive behavior and channeling his energy into specific training goals will lead to a very talented, driven, and accomplished canine. This in turn makes it easier to teach your dogs tricks. Training your dog to learn tricks is a perfect way to bond, and to give your furry best friend new things to think about. Just think about how much fun he’ll be having.

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Teaching your dogs to do tricks is all about having fun. This process creates trust, good communication and mental stimulation for your dog. You’re both working together and learning about each other’s personalities and quirks.

But first before you do this, you need to go back to the basics. An overall mindset needs to be attained by both you and your canine companion. Training your furry best friend to do tricks will help him overcome shyness, aggressiveness, hyperactivity and even fearfulness, by giving him another playful alternative and making him focus at the same time.

Play Dead and Roll Over is a wonderful behavior to teach because it gets your furry best friend used to someone leaning over him and he has to trust that person. By teaching your dog trick training, you can teach your canine companion to fetch his bowl, fetch the mail, bring in the newspaper and even find the car keys. He’ll also learn how to control his behavior and have fun at the same time.

So let’s start off with positive basic training skills, and then move on to training tricks. Dogs that understand basic commands have more fun being around people. As a pet parent, you’ll definitely have more fun taking your dog to the dog park, the beach and even the local Starbucks.

Dog training never stops, and is a lifelong process filled with happiness and sometimes brief moments of disappointment. The more you train and practice the better both of you will get. After all, it’s a team experience filled with plenty of rewards and positive reinforcement. Modern training methods today are far kinder than in the past.

Positively Blissful: How to Use Positive Training To Teach Your Dog Tricks

While many dog owners prefer to train their furry best friends at home or with a dog trainer, the best way to do this is with an obedience classes. By starting off your dog’s obedience training in a class setting with many other dogs around, you get to socialize your dog and can get the help of a dog trainer. After a few classes, many pet parents see the benefit of these classes that take place in a setting where frequent distractions are present at all times.

In an obedience class, your furry best friend gets to learn commands while working with a group of dogs. He most likely will receive some private instruction if he comes across a particular command that he is having trouble learning. Opt for the smaller training classes that tend to focus more on private instruction, preferably no more than 7 students per training instructor.

Even when you become successful working together with your dog, you will still need to do some training at home. Today there are even online dog training classes that make dog training even easier than ever.

 

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A Nose For Travel With Hanrob Pet Hotels Australia!

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Our furry best friends, for the most part, crave routines. They don’t need alarms to predict the precise time you both will be heading for the dog park or when it’s time for that pet vacay. But when the holidays arrive or you’ve got to attend that business meeting which includes a flight, most household routines change.

To prevent business or holiday travel from turning into yowl time filled with canine anxiety and sometimes calamity, many pet parents are turning to unique, tailored packages to suit individual pets, including exercise solutions, grooming, play time, aromatherapy baths and dog training programs. Hanrob Pet Hotels keeps your dogs safe, well exercised and pampered during these times.

Any changes in environment or schedule can be perceived as stressful for your pets. The combination of suitcases, Christmas trees, candles, unusual noises, all represent a great deal of change, which is frightening and scary for your pooch. As a pet parent, making sure that your pets are in a safe environment during such times, eases your pet’s stress level during holiday or business travel.

A recent study by Hanrob Pet Hotels demonstrates that a staggering 80% of Australian pet parents would alter or cancel their travel plans if they could not make    suitable arrangements for pet care. Pet-lovers know that the Hanrob Pet Hotels offers all professionals the unique and high quality experience of knowing that their pets are safe and well –cared for. Research indicates that nearly 48% of pet owners value the opportunity to spend quality time with their pet before they go on holiday-Hanrob Pet Hotel locations enable them to maximize time with their pets pre holiday, right up to the last minute.

The Hanrob’s luxury pet hotel has suites conveniently located in Sydney (Heathcoat, Sydney Airport and Duffy’s Forest) and Melbourne (Melbourne Airport). Prices for accommodation start at just $32.00 per day, and the Staying Connected Package is available for $49.00.Kenneling is a luxurious experience made possible through Andrew Briggs, Ceo of Hanrob Pet Hotels. Offered at all Hanrob Pet Hotel properties, the Hanrob’s luxury pet hotels includes extended stays, emergency veterinary treatment, play time for your pooch with his new canine companions, aromatherapy baths, Skype sessions, digital photos (PetPics), and pre-recorded videos.(PetVideo)

Luxury does have to not stop with human guests. Pets can look forward to doggie bootcamp- a program that allows dogs to brush up on their obedience skills, whilst perusing the wonderful grounds. Planning a trip with Fido is as easy as finding the Hanrob Pet Hotel website. There is an extensive pet-friendly link http://www.hanrob.com.au helping you determine what activities you wish to include for Fido’s stay and information on dog training and pet limo services to and from the airport for your family, dropping you and your luggage at the airport, then taking Fido to his hotel, where a pet friendly staff member will be waiting to greet him and settle him in. Hanrob Pet Hotels embraces all four-legged guests. Pet travel has never been so easy!

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