If you’re attempting to eliminate an undesirable behavior, remember to reward your dog for engaging in some other behavior that is appropriate. For example, if you’re attempting to eliminate jumping up on your guests, reward your dog for sitting, which is both incompatible with jumping and is a more desirable greeting. Other examples are chewing on a Nylabone rather than the table leg (or you) or being quiet rather than barking. This concept is extremely important for all dogs, but especially puppies under five months of age when their lifetime personalities and habits are being formed.
When rewarding your dog, it is important for you to provide a combination of rewards. Remember you have five rewards to offer: touch, voice, play, treats, and loose leash.
- Toys and treats are a great way to lure your dog for the “puppy come” game.
- If you use treats as a reward, you don’t have to give them each time.
- You can always use your dogs’ food as treat rewards.
- If you use treats as a reward, remember to cut down on the quantity of food you feed.
- Using multiple rewards provides your dog with a clear understanding that he “got it right.”
- Remember to train for short periods of time (5-10 minutes), multiple times per day.