Started Week Ten
- Develop a Praise Scale
Just as you may be more motivated by $100 than $10, you need to discover
what are low, medium and high value motivators for your puppy. For
example, kibble may be low, a cheerio - medium, and freeze-dried liver -
In addition to
food rewards, you want to develop a verbal praise scale, scaling
enthusiasm in low, medium, and high responses. If
your puppy has been sitting for meals and greetings for quite a while, you
still want to reinforce those good behaviors with a simple, "good dog," and
an occasional jackpot treat.
your puppy is learning something new or does something better than ever before, you
want to give your puppy an A+ with your enthusiasm, "Whoo-hoo! Alright! You are SUCH
a good dog!"
use a happy, high voice tone not a lower
(growl-like) voice tone to give on clear message. Varying the value of
food treats and verbal praise helps "shape"
best responses to instruction and verbal cues. Your pup knows the