Dogs Get Bored Too. Why and How Reward-Based Training Can Benefit Your Dog!

Like their human counterparts, a.k.a. Children, dogs get bored too! A great way to curb their boredom and avoid using that pent-up energy for destructive activities is through dog training. And just like kids, dogs respond best to positive reinforcement.

Why Should You Use Reward-Based Training For Your Dog

Reward-based dog training with dog treats can help you strengthen your bond and their understanding of basic commands. Because dogs respond well to rewards (treats but also praise, toys, petting, and anything else your dog enjoys) they are more willing to perform desired behaviors.

The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior stated, “Evidence supports the use of reward-based methods for all canine training. AVSAB promotes interactions with animals based on compassion, respect, and scientific evidence. Based on these factors, reward-based learning offers the most advantages and least harm to the learner’s welfare.”

You can begin using reward-based dog training techniques right away. Choose the reward you want to use and follow these simple guidelines!

Pick a Reward For Your Dog!

Think about something that you love! Our dogs are the same in that they love yummy dog treats and fun dog toys. Lucky for you, these are things that can make perfect rewards to use for dog training.

Our PB Bombitas TM and PB Chicharrones TM make great dog treats for dog training! Crunchy outside with double-stuffed peanut butter filling and low-calorie so they can fit into your dog’s daily diet.

Does your dog respond better to toys? Great! Our Los Cojones TM are fun day and night! If you plan on daytime dog training sessions, our red “cojone” ball makes a perfect reward. What if you want to do a dog training session at night? The yellow “cojone” lights up on impact so you don’t have to reschedule!

Use Short Commands

Long sentences are harder to say consistently and much harder for your dog to learn. That’s why the most common verbal cues or commands, are one to two words. Sit, Stay, Down, Off, Up, Come, Heel, Leave it, Drop it, Watch me.

Practice these commands and incorporate body movements to help your dog establish the connection between the verbal cue and the behavior. One such example is Sit. You can lure your dog with a dog treat in hand and bring it over their head, encouraging them to tilt their head back to follow the treat. Once they are sitting, say the verbal command Sit and give them their reward!

Be Consistent

The best way to ensure your dog learns their commands and desired behaviors is through repetition and consistency. That means the entire family should use the same commands and body movement techniques so your dog understands the cues and performs the same way every single time. This also means, always giving a reward, especially when teaching them a brand new command.

Will you always need to carry dog treats with you? Yes and no! In the beginning, you will likely reward your dog every time they perform the command. Then, over time, you can cut back one reward, and so on until you’re only giving dog treats occasionally.

When to Reward Your Dog

Reinforcing correct behaviors comes down to timing! Once your dog has performed the desired behavior, for example, you asked your dog to Sit and they sat down at your feet, reward them immediately after. This helps your dog to make the association that the verbal command means they have to sit down to receive their dog treat!

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