How to Train Your Dog The Basics
By Jeff Ryall
If you think about it from a dogs point of view, training a dog
is a simple process. Each time your dog does the thing you want,
you should reward it and when it does not do it right just
ignore it. You can teach your dog in a way that they will
associate a reward with a gesture or sound. Lets say you give
your dog a treat that you have in your hand and say eat every
time. Over a period of time your dog will associate the word eat
with food and every time you say this word your dog will be
expecting he or she will be getting some food.
Positive or negative reinforcement is where you reward your dog
for doing something right or when something not so pleasant
stops when your dog does something right.
Positive reinforcement is where you praise your dog every time
it does something right. So when you say sit and your dog sits
you say good dog and give her a treat.
Negative reinforcement is where you have to help your dog first,
lets say you say the command sit again and your dog does nothing
so you push down on your dogs hind quarters. Then when your dog
sits you stop pushing, that is using the negative reinforcement
to strengthen the command sit.
To train your dog you must be consistent all the time, its no
good letting your dog do something one day and then changing it
the next. Your dog will become confused and will not understand.
To get your dog to obey your command every time you say it you
need to repeat it in different environments and situations. If
you just train your dog in the back garden and then take him or
her over the park and say the command your dog might not do it
the first couple of times. Tour dog might think that the
commands are just for the back garden only. This process is only
to be taught after your dog will obey your command in the back
garden, not before.
Skinners conditioning is where your dog will repeat something he
or she has done and been rewarded for. Lets say you are having a
barbeque and your dog comes over and puts her paw on your leg or
knee. You might give your dog a piece of chicken or meat you are
eating but your dog will then associate this as a good
experience and he or she might do this every time you are eating
and expect a reward.
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