Learn To Use Positive Reinforcement to Train Your Dog
Positive reinforcement is simply a system of giving your dog a reward when it does what you want it to. So, if you would like to be the owner of a well trained obedient pet, use positive reinforcement to train your dog.
The reward can take the form of a treat or simply praise. In the long term it is probably better to stop using treats and focus on praise. One of the most difficult aspects of training your dog with positive reinforcement is letting him know why he is receiving the reward. The reward must be given within seconds of the dog performing the action required. If you wait longer than this, the dog becomes confused about what he is doing right. For this reason some trainers use a clicker. With this method the dog performs an action, immediately hears the clicker and then receives a reward. He begins to associate the clicker with the reward. He is never confused about which action has earned the reward.
Your commands must be brief. For example, when you throw a ball you don’t say “fetch the ball”- you simply say “fetch”.
With patience this training can achieve a lot. In fact you will be surprised how many commands you dog can learn.
The Dogster blog has published an article called “What Is Positive Reinforcement”. If you would like to explore this subject further this is a good place to start.
Here is an extract from the article:
Dogster supports positive reinforcement as the best method for training your dog. But what does that really mean? Many people think it involves only training (or even worse, “bribing”) your dog with treats. We recently debunked the most popular myths about positive reinforcement (R+), so now let’s focus on what exactly R+ is and how it relates to training your dog.
It first helps to break down the term “positive reinforcement.” In terms of behavior, whether you’re working with humans or dogs, “positive” means to apply something to change behavior, and “reinforcement” means to increase a behavior. Therefore, positive reinforcement means to apply/add something to increase the likelihood that a behavior will occur again. That’s why when your dog sits, you give them a treat. Rewarding the sitting behavior increases the chance of your dog doing it again.
Read the rest of the article here.