Tip of the Month – October 2010

Good Dog!

dood_boyWhen it comes to training your dog, good behavior and praise go hand in hand. Using punishment to achieve a desired behavior can be confusing to your dog and can erode your dog’s trust in you.

Instead, reward good behavior with positive reinforcement in the form of praise, a food treat, or a toy.  Offer the reward immediately and consistently.

Your dog is eager to please you, so you don’t need to give food or toys for every good behavior, but always let your dog know when he or she has done something good by giving enthusiastic verbal praise immediately.

– Jan