Twosday Training Tip
TIP #1: LIFE IS A REINFORCER
You do have the time to train your dog. Whether you realize it or not, every minute you are with your dog you are training him, and those everyday interactions with him are the most powerful training tools you have.
Remember these two concepts:
1. If you do things for your dog without asking him to do something for you, you have trained him to not work to get what he wants. You have trained him that he is free to ignore you until you signal that you will be gratifying one of his desires.
2. If you ask him for a behavior in exchange for doing things for him, you have trained him to work for you to get what he wants. You have trained him that he had better pay attention to you because you never know when a reinforcement opportunity might arise.
- excerpted from When Pigs Fly! Training Success with Impossible Dogs
TIP #2: DITCH THE FOOD BOWL
Stop feeding your dog out of a bowl and use his natural foraging abilities to your advantage, stimulating the brain while feeding a meal. Puzzle toys and stuffed bones help burn up excess energy, which lessens boredom behaviors such as barking, digging, and chewing.
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Jeff Dentler, CPDT-KA, IAABC-ADT, FFCP, CTDI