This is written by Barbara Heidenreich, an internationally renowned positive animal trainer. Thank you to her for permission to posting this to my blog.
I am a member of Doggone Safe, educating families to set their kids up for success with their pets. Below is information on holiday safety tips for children and dogs.
If a behavior produces a consequence of value to a dog or other animal, that behavior will continue and even strengthen. It is so easy to reinforce behaviors in our pets that we don’t want to see without even realizing we are doing it. Sometimes that reinforcement is coming from the environment (such as sensory, tactile or social
In pet training, clarity counts. Remember, it is pretty tough for an animal who doesn’t speak human to understand what we want them to do. When teaching, remember clear two-way communication is so important. Teach with small steps and great reinforcement for good choices.
What is reinforcement? Simply stated, a reinforcement is a consequence of a behavior that increases the likelihood of a behavior happening again, and even strengthening. But not all reinforcement adds to the animals quality of life.