All dog training should be primarily based on a reward. For the majority of our dogs a tasty treat will be motivation enough.
There are several food options for treating your dog as reward the primary trick is to begin with as low value food reward as possible and only increase the value of reward when you have to increase motivation.
If you start with the finest ham while teaching your dog to sit and he becomes acclimatized to it, you will have little option to upgrade when you teach him to dance. Some dogs are delighted to work for raw vegetables and others only the scummiest liver cake. If you begin as low price as feasible then you are leaving more reward options when motivation needs a boost.
Low worth food reward:
- Carrot chunks
- Cherry tomatoes
- Dry biscuit
Medium price food reward:
- Soft dog treats
- Split up bendy dog gnaw
- Kibble from ration
High price food reward:
- Cooked protein
- Liver cake
The clicker is a great positive beefing up tool for basic dog training.
Whilst clicker training your dog smaller food treats are the most effective. A small taste of something succulent will leave your dog wanting more. You can also alternate food reward when training so your dog won't ever know which value of treat to expect.
To reward an especially good training result you can provide your dog with a clicker jackpot. Here's where one click offers a shower of treats. This is best used at the end of a training session to finish on a high note so that in the next training session, the dog is enthusiastic and looking to get another jackpot. So the dog will try harder than usual because of the jackpot, it is really a great training technique.
Rewarding good behaviour and ignoring bad is positive dog training. Motivation in a form that can work for your dog will produce the most satisfactory results. To get more info on basic dog training visit The Dog Trick Academy.