Training: Positive Reinforcement for Your Dog

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Positive reinforcement for your dog

Even after your dog is no longer a puppy, never forget the very important rule to "never take good behaviours for granted." You should have a mental list of all the behaviours you want from your dog. Actively watch for them and reward your pet whenever you catch her doing something right. Rewards should be given for playing with toys and being relaxed when you handle her, no matter the age. Here are two other important tips to help good behaviour:

  • Socialize your dog. If you want your dog to be relaxed and social around people, you need to provide lots of positive social experiences. Have people of various ages and appearances frequently visit your home. Toys, play and treats can be used to teach your dog to look forward to visits by unfamiliar people.

  • Set your dog up to succeed. Don't tease or play games that encourage play-biting. Put things out of reach that a curious dog is likely to get into or damage. Food, plants and shiny objects left on countertops are just too tempting for most pets.

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