Positive reinforcement training is understood as a training process that involves the offering of reward when the given task or behaviour is exhibited. Positive reinforcement training on your dog is a powerful training method.

Through positive reinforcement training, your dog thinks that good things will happen to him/her if he/she obeys you and do the things that you told them to do. If the positive reinforcement training method is enforced in your dog, your dog is involved in the activity that you dislike can be done.

How Can Positive Reinforcement Training Be Incorporated In Your Dog?

  • Timely Treat

While applying positive reinforcement training to your dog, the timely reward is very important. When you command your dog to do a certain activity like the activity of sitting, your dog should be rewarded within seconds after they complete their sitting command.

When your dog completes the action you told them to complete and you reward them but after they have completed the tasks but are starting to do another activity then they will think that they are being rewarded for the later activity.

  • You and your dog working as a teammate

Your dog may rather see you as their friend/teammate rather than the leader whose command he/she needs to follow every time you say something to them. this can be stressful for your dogs and the training may not go as you want. You should work together as teammates to make this training method successful.

  • Creating a suitable environment for training

Your dog should be trained in an environment or surroundings with no distractions. Kids should be avoided in the space where your dogs are being trained. Potty breaks should be included during the training period. Continuous training may be stressful for your dog. This training can be successfully exhibited when you train your dogs on their empty stomach.

Types Of Rewards To Give Your Dog During Positive Reinforcement Training

  • Choosing the treats that are most liked by your dog and they are unable to resist that treat.
  • While rewarding your dog for their behaviour you should include the terms like good boy/girl in a very enthusiastic way. Treats may not only be a good reward during this training verbal praise can also be a good reward for your dog.
  • A variety of treats should be prepared during the training as your dog might get bored and may not show interest in training if you keep feeding them the same treats.
  • The treats should be in small size and should be soft so they can eat the food fast and try to get more food during the training.

Things You Should Not Do During Positive Reinforcement Training

  • Making Things Complicated For Your Dog

While training your dog you should keep the commands short and limited to one word and should not make them lengthy. When you make your commands too long your dog might have a hard time understanding the command and the training may not go the way you want it to.

  • Inconsistency should be avoided

Once you start training your dog in a certain method you should be able to show consistency and follow the method every time. When you train your dog to follow a certain command and later when you are not training you to let them do whatever they want, they may get confused about what to follow and what not to follow.

  • Not Correcting Your Dog

You should always correct your dog when they start acting inappropriately. You should be able to say no to your dogs. What you need to understand is that correcting your dog and using positive reinforcement training should be balanced like two parts of a coin. They should go hand-in-hand.

  • Your Dogs Should Not Be Punished

The dogs during the training should never be punished as it may lead to negative behavior such as aggression, anxiety and fear. While training it is important you build a great bond or relationship between you and your dog. Punishment should always be avoided no matter what the circumstances.

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