Important Points to Remember About Reinforcers

Understanding how conditioned and unconditioned reinforcement works is crucial for good dog training. These principles are used when teaching a dog obedience commands using positive reinforcement. Developing strong conditioned reinforcers strengthens the communication between dog and owner, which leads to happier, more energetic obedience and a closer relationship between you and your dog. 2. The first thing to teach your dog is one verbal (command) or audible (clicker) conditioned reinforcer....

American Kennel Club AKC wwwakcorg

The American Kennel Club has an extensive site, which includes information on obedience clubs recognized by the AKC. Obedience clubs that are affiliated with the AKC usually focus on helping people train their dogs to compete in obedience trials (which are only open to AKC-regis-tered dogs). However, many clubs will allow mixed breed dogs in their classes. If you'd like to observe classes in your area, obedience clubs can give you an excellent opportunity to do just that. To find a club nearest...

Variation One The Backing Up Come Game

The backing up come game is an excellent beginning come exercise. The purpose of this exercise is to increase the amount of time the dog focuses on you while coming to you. Start off using the standard come game, but when the dog gets roughly three feet from you, stand up and back away approximately three to ten feet. As you're backing up, continue to coax the dog toward you and praise as the dog follows you. If the dog stops moving toward you, stop backing up, squat down again and resume...

Training Schools

There are a number of professional dog trainer schools throughout the United States. Since good training schools offer a precisely focused curriculum designed to teach students exactly what they'll need to become professional trainers, these schools can decrease the amount of time prospective trainers spend studying and apprenticing on their own. If you are interested in pursuing this option, it's a good idea to get information about the program and a few references from the school's graduates....

Dr Ps Dog Training wwwuwspedupsychdogdoghtm

This is an extremely comprehensive site. Dr. Mark Plonsky (Dr. P) is a psychology professor and has compiled a tremendous amount of behavioral information. To find articles and advice about behavior, go to the site and click on the library or your topic of choice puppies, housebreaking or some other specific issue. There are also articles on obedience, protection, military training, a variety of dog sports, e-lists enabling you to connect with other people and much more. You can spend hours and...

More Questions

After you have observed the trainer in action, spoken to some of the students, received good recommendations about this trainer from friends, family, vets, groomers or pet supply stores, it's a good idea to ask a few other questions. Ask to see the trainer's own dog work. As surprising as it sounds, not all trainers have fantastically trained dogs of their own. However, a trainer who believes in what they teach and has applied it to their own dog is someone I would be more interested in working...

Begging Food From The Table

To solve this problem, you need to show the dog what you would like her to do during your meals. The simplest way to do that is to establish a spot near the dining area that your dog learns to like going to. Since the spot will not be at the table, it will not be possible for your dog to beg and be in her spot at the same time. The key is for your dog to learn to love being in this spot. This will take a little time but is well worth the effort. To accomplish this, make it a point to take your...

Positive And Negative Correction

The word correction is used throughout this text. My use of the word refers to both positive punishment adding something unpleasant and negative punishment taking away something pleasant . When choosing the type of correction to use, you should take into consideration the difficulty of the exercise and the temperament, drives and sensitivities of the dog. No single correction is right for every dog, and not all corrections involve physical force that is, positive punishment . Here is a partial...

Orienting Reflex

Anything the dog perceives activates the orienting reflex. The orienting reflex may be used to redirect the dog's behavior. This can be a very important training point. Here's one example Your dog hears a clicker and reflexively turns her head in the direction the click is coming from. Another example Your dog barks at the window when people walk down the sidewalk. If you move away from the window and click the clicker, the dog should momentarily notice the click. You may then encourage the dog...

Learned Irrelevance

The dog ceases to pay attention to a particular stimulus or command because she has learned that it is of no consequence to her. Here's an example The dog no longer responds to come because the owner says come frequently when they have no way to get the dog to actually come. Therefore, the dog learns that come doesn't mean anything, so she ignores it. Another example The dog gets frantic each time you pick up the leash, because you always take her for a walk if you pick up the leash. If you...

An Important Professional

Most owners ignore their dogs when they are being good. This is understandable, because it is much easier to ignore a dog who is sitting quietly by your side or a dog lying on his mat in the safe spot than a dog who is jumping on you or running madly through the house with a dish towel in his mouth. Because of this, most dogs quickly figure out that doing something bad is what gets them attention. For a social animal like a dog, negative attention is better than no attention at all. A good...