Five Tips on using Incentives to Train Your Dog
Today’s A to Z Challenge letter “I” post is about Incentive and how to use Incentives to train your dog. Having Labs, using food as incentives comes natural, but what if your dog doesn’t find food that attractive, how do you incorporate incentives into your training program?
It’s important to motivate your dog to learn. Even ‘smart’ breeds like Border Collies need incentives to keep learning and to be excited about learning (just like your kids). We’ve provided some resources about using incentives, and to incentivize you to read it, we kept it short and sweet.
Five tips on using incentives in training your dog:
- Find the RIGHT incentive to motivate your dog. Some dogs are very food motivated, some are toy driven. Find what gets your dog’s attention the quickest and keeps them focused – THAT’S the incentive you want to use.
- Restrict access to the incentive and use it only during training times.
- Keep the incentives coming as long as the dog is doing what you want.
- Withold the incentive if the dog becomes over excited or too focused on the incentive and no longer focused on you
- Timing: Enjoy the time spent with your dog and make it fun…stop before he loses interest in the incentive.
- The logic behind using treats as incentives when training a dog
- Dogs: Positive Reinforcement Training
- Positive Reinforcement Dog Training
- Why Positive Reinforcement (+R)
- 5 Simple Steps to Positive Reinforcement Dog Training
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