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We have made it to February! Spring is just around the corner (promise!) and so we can all have something to finally look forward to.
February 20th is National Love Your Pet Day and so it’s a great day to show your love for our little furry friends. Whether you’re a cat lover, a dog lover or have any other pet sharing your life, today’s the day to spoil them even more than you normally do and show them how much they mean to your family.
This week's QDog training tip is associated with correct timing and rewarding your dog for good behaviour, so please read on to find out more.
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This months QDog Training Tip...
Timing is the most important part of reward-based training. It is imperative that the praise/treat or reprimand (withholding of praise) come just as the dog has done what was requested or is being naughty; easy to say, not so easily done.
The less experienced trainer will take a split second longer to act and can quickly find themselves rewarding the wrong action.
The following is a true story.
A lady in a training class had a dog (let’s call him Mouthy) that barked when it saw another dog, nothing nasty, just vocal.
The trainer advised distracting the dog with treats to teach a new way to view other dogs. She did not explain about timing, so the novice handler duly gave the distraction treats when a new dog entered the hall.
In no time at all despite the owner’s best efforts Mouthy’s barking was worse. Why? The trainer had not explained about timing, both when and how quickly.
What the trainer should have explained is that there are a few seconds when Mouthy has seen the other dog, but not yet started barking.
That was the moment to distract, praise and give treats, so he would thus learn that silence is the way to greet others. What she was inadvertently teaching was ‘Yes that is it, bark when you see other dogs and you will be rewarded’.
One last word on timing, positive reward training takes as long as it takes - dogs need time to figure out what to do. So do not start a new lesson unless you can spend the time waiting for the ‘penny to drop’.
For more Dog Training Tips download the QDog App from our website. QDog App is written by Keith Fallon, Master Dog Trainer, Canine Behaviourist & Author.
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