Behavior Training For Your Pet Dog
Use treats and body language to change your dog's behaviors
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behavior training used here is largely based on learning through treat
training for dogs.
What that means is that for each command that your dog
successfully completes, his prize will be a treat.
Dog treat training
uses positive reinforcement, so most of the methods are based on
encouraging your dog to perform the desired behavior and then giving
treats and praise when he complies.
Treat training has been
a very effective
and rewarding method for pet dog behavior training. Because the opportunity of getting
treats exists, your dog does not look upon training as a chore, but
as an enjoyable time that you spend together. When teaching your dog
new things, the participation of a willing pupil can make a big
The best kinds of
treats to use for dog behavior training are any treats that your pet has an
interest in. If you’ve had your dog for a little while, you know
whether he likes liver, peanut butter, cheese or other flavored
treats – if your dog is like our dog, he likes them all!
To make sure you
don’t treat your dog to excess, you should either buy smaller treats
(often labeled as “training treats”) or cut your dogs existing
treats into small pieces.
We like to use “Meaties” by Old Mother
Hubbard, our dog adores them and they are the perfect size for
training, but really any smaller treat will do. Smaller treats will
give you the flexibility of doing multiple training exercises
without spoiling your dog’s diet.
If you are
concerned that feeding your dog treats will push him to be
overweight, simply reduce the amount of food that you feed him on
the days when you do training together. There are also many low-fat
treats on the market today and those can be used for treat training.
If you do not like
to give your dog treats, you can equally use clicker training or
toys as a motivator for your dog. Clicker training applies the use
of a “clicker” (available at most pet stores.) You will “click”
before you praise your dog for a job well done. Over time, the dog
associates the sound from the clicker with praise and he will
perform commands with a “click” as his reward.
Dog Behavior Training Using Body Language
In the dog world,
dogs communicate largely with body language. For example, when dogs
see other dogs, they immediately begin sending signals to each
other. “I want to play”, “I’m not sure if I like you”, and “Leave me
alone” are all possible messages that dogs send each other through
communicate in this way, it is easier to train your dog if you use
words and body language together to tell your dog what you want him
Most of the techniques for the
Dog Training Formula use hand
signals as an extra sign for your dog to help him understand what
you want him to do. Using body language will also help you in
situations where your dog cannot hear you clearly.