We repeat rewarding behaviors. So do dogs.
For instance, say we get off of the couch, walk to the kitchen, get a cookie, then go back to the couch. What's likely to happen next? Don't know about you, but "I" would get off the couch, walk to the kitchen and get another cookie. The cookie was rewarding so I repeated the behavior of getting off of the couch.
After a few cookies, I figure out if I STAY off of the couch, cookies are easier to obtain.
To teach your dog to START doing something:
We use positive reinforcement, better described as reward based training.
Your dog gets what she wants after doing what you ask.
To STOP doing something:
We still use positive reinforcement. We just reward the dog for doing something "different" than the behavior we want to stop.
Teach your dog to STOP jumping by teaching your dog to START sitting.
This method works for beginning training.
It also works for more complicated behaviors such as barking, lunging, nipping, biting, fighting, and pulling on the leash.
Have you heard of ABA?
Applied Behavior Analysis:
(ABA) is used in many sectors of our society. There are several "official" definitions for ABA depending on who's writing, but since I attended training through Easter Seals on ABA, I'll choose their definition. I like it.
"A style of teaching which uses a series of trials to shape a desired behavior or response. Skills are broken down into their simplest components and then taught to the individual through a system of reinforcement."
It works with adults, kids, animals and this is our approach.
Brainy Dog uses the most fun and effective exercises for you and your dog, each session.
As with humans, sometimes love, means not giving in.
Want to learn more about this type of training? Watch this video. It's under 5 minutes. https://youtu.be/3YY7IhoebQo
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