If you are trying to train your dog without any professional help, then you will know that it can be a frustrating exercise. And if you are using the wrong techniques then you may only be making your dog’s behaviour worse.

Training your dog is something that ideally should be left to the professionals, but you can achieve results yourself if you use the right procedures. And if your dog responds well to your training then you need to reward him or her.

Here are 3 great dog training tips to help you reward your dog:

Tip 1

Use food as a reward for good behaviour. Your dog will associate a food reward with good behaviour. But be careful. The reward must be used consistently so that your dog associates an exact behaviour with the reward. If you only reward the dog sometimes, or reward the dog when it only does something half right, then the dog will be confused. Make sure that your dog knows exactly what constitutes good behaviour by only rewarding him when he does exactly what he is supposed to do.

Tip 2

If you are going to use food as a reward for good behaviour, then only use healthy dog treats. Don’t use chocolate as it can cause serious harm to some dogs. And don’t use sweets. Buy a nutritionally rich commercial product, and use it from the start of your training so your dog gets used to it.

Tip 3

Always, always combine any food reward with a happy “good boy” or something similar. Dogs respond to the tone of your voice, and if your dog knows that you are happy with it’s behaviour, then it will be eager to please you every chance it gets. Combining a warm compliment with a food reward will reinforce your pleasure with your dog’s behaviour and will encourage your pooch to follow commands.

I hope these tips have been helpful.



Dave has over 30 years experience with dogs, and realises the frustration confronting many dog owners.

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