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Tips from Expert Dog Trainer Jamie Damato Migdal…

September 8, 2010 by Tails Magazine in Behavior, Training with 0 Comments

Jamie Damato Migdal Smiling with DogTraining 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!

JAMIE’S TIP: BEHAVIOR THAT IS REWARDED IS MORE LIKELY TO REOCCUR.

This powerful principle is a key component of reward-based training. Dogs do what works. If your dog receives praise and a treat for sitting, he is more likely to sit the next time you ask. If he knows that jumping on you will earn your attention, he will keep jumping, because attention is rewarding to him.

BONUS TIP: REWARD BEHAVIORS YOU WANT, RATHER THAN PUNISHING BEHAVIORS YOU DON’T WANT.
Most of us are so accustomed to noticing “mistakes” our dogs make that it seems strange to begin noticing and rewarding “good” behavior. For example, your dog barks, so you yell at him to be quiet. Sure, a barking dog is hard not to notice. But what about when he’s lying calmly? Most of never consider rewarding calm behavior, so the dog only gets rewarded with our attention (even yelling is attention) when he is doing something inappropriate. Having been rewarded, of course he keeps doing these things! Make a habit of noticing and rewarding your dog for good behavior.

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