Getting Started Week 34 - Hands Off!
The best training methods
are "hands off." In other words, use your brain not
your brawn to teach your puppy.
showing your puppy with a food lure what positions you are teaching,
your puppy must figure it out. Using a food lure with
clear, consistent hand movements speed up your pup's learning process.
Think of teaching your puppy how to
move into different positions on cue as a game or puzzle. Your puppy
must learn what you want. Help your pup be successful. Be an excited, patient coach and teacher.
Keep learning fun.
Remember this rule of thumb: To increase ANY wanted behaviors,
make it worth your pup's while.
If you push your puppy into a position, your puppy learns that
you will push him or her into position. Who is really doing the work?
Instead, if your puppy is learning how to earn a treat, your puppy is
doing the work, and more likely to remember how to get that treat next
Your puppy needs this mental exercise as much as you need a well-behaved
canine in your human home.
If you want an attention-seeking
behavior to disappear, ignore it completely. Do not even look at your
pup. Turn your back and walk away. If the behavior does not gain a
wanted consequence, it will not continue over time. But, if a behavior
gets inconsistent attention - it will endure forever!!
Intermittent rewards are what create human gambling habits. If you don't want a certain behavior - like
begging, barking, scratching at the door - make sure you don't respond
to it. Wait for
quiet calm behavior, and then give your puppy what he or she wants.
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