Just a quick reminder…if are having dog training problems with motivation and your pet is not ‘getting’ what it is that you want him/her to learn, there are SO many possible reasons. It could be the environment is too distracting or your reinforcers are not valued enough or your timing is off or you are not providing clarity in what behaviors you are reinforcing or your pet is feeling too much pressure or any number of other things. If you are not having success, best to stop, take a deep breath, and think about the lesson and how you can make changes to help you and your student succeed.
A dog who jumped at the sound of a heavy box falling to the floor can become frightened by other sudden noises down the road. A dog who has had many different positive interactions with children will come to learn the presence of kids means good things happen.
Just a reminder, you will see more of the behaviors that you reinforce. If your dog gets a bigger pay off from running away from you, that is a choice you may see more often. If you want to teach your dog a reliable recall, your consistency in teaching your dog that the choice of running toward you will be followed by something of value is very important.
I was standing and talking with a new client the other day as her puppy was at her feet. The deeper into our conversation we got, the more her puppy began moving around. A few minutes later, he jumped on her leg, grabbed her sweater, and then when she removed it from his mouth, he took interest in her shoe.
A dog, puppy, parrot and other pet training tip:
A reminder to you – when you are teaching your pet, have in mind what that behavior should look like. If you don’t have a clear idea, it will be really tough for your non-human animal to do what you want him/her to do.