What do you want your dog to do?

Have you ever heard yourself say “I wish my dog would stop doing such and such”?

Dogs learn and repeat behaviours that are rewarding to them or reinforced in some way. Bark at people walking past the front fence – borders secured. Jump up on visitors – attention received, even if it’s negative. Chase and bark at the cat – boredom relieved. Pull on the lead – forward movement maintained. You get the idea.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if your dog did what you wanted?

There is a way. Teach it.

Some people try and punish the unwanted behaviours out of their dog but research shows positive reinforcement training is the most effective and humane way to teach an animal. But don’t confuse positive reinforcement with permissiveness, it means teaching & training.

Positive reinforcement lets your dog know exactly what you want him or her to do because you are rewarding when s/he gets it right. It sets your dog up to succeed. Your dog enjoys it and you stay motivated because you get results.

A well known example is Ashleigh & Pudsey. Ashleigh used clicker training and positive reinforcement to teach her dog Pudsey and they went on to win Britain’s Got Talent and £500,000 in 2012.

It only takes minutes, not hours, each day and you too will reap the rewards.