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This Week’s Tip from Dog Trainer, Jamie Damato Migdal…

September 29, 2010 by Tails Magazine in Behavior, Training with 0 Comments

Jamie Damato MigdalTraining your dog should be an enjoyable experience for you both. The more you understand about how your dog thinks and learns, the more effectively you can communicate.

Clear communication means successful training and good behavior – with no need for force or coercion!

TIP: The jackpot is something really special, head and shoulders above the usual reward.

Your dog can earn this amazing prize by doing something especially wonderful. While it is always important to use training treats your dog likes, save the Super-Yummy, Best-Treat-In-The-World as a jackpot. For example, a dog knows what Sit means, but doesn’t sit very quickly. When you give the Sit cue, he watches you for a moment, and then languidly lowers his butt to the floor. You almost hear him sigh, “Okay, if I must”. But on the fourth repetition, he responds immediately; butt hits the floor in record time. Jackpot! You immediately give him one piece after another of the special treat, along with effusive praise (and petting, if he enjoys it). You can also give a mega-jackpot by tossing a shower of treats. Jackpotting makes an impression – it calls the dog’s attention to the fact that he’s done something wonderful. He is therefore more likely to perform the behavior better than usual the next time around. A jackpot doesn’t have to be food, either. if your dog lives for a toss of the ball or a game of tug, use that as your jackpot. Know your dog and use what works for him.

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