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Making your dog obey without any treats - a dream or a possibility?
In positive practice training, we use treats to solve all sorts of problems - problems of obedience, good manners, aggressiveness or anxiety. These rewards, cleverly used, will allow us to avoid the use of tools such as anti-barking collars, which, instead of helping our beloved companions, can worsen the problems. Nobody wants that! Which does not mean that we are forced to lock ourselves into a cycle in which we must always shake a biscuit in front of our dog for them to obey us!
On the contrary! There are a multitude of exercises that will help you avoid the need to always have treats on you when you train your dog. I will share a first tip today, and a second one in a subsequent article.
Ghost Pouch - Dog Training Exercise # 1
The goal of this game is to teach Fido that even if he does not see the rewards, it can still pay off for him!
Train your dog without rewards - Step A
Train your dog without rewards - Step B
Train your dog without rewards - Step C
Train your dog without rewards - Step D
Keep increasing the number of orders before running for the pouch OR the distance between you and the hidden pouch (never both at the same time!). Vary the places where you hide your treats or what you ask your dog (while keeping easy commands that your dog knows by heart!)
Congratulations! Your dog can now obey without the need for you to hold a reward in front of him. Now, even if you have nothing on you and even if you ask him several things, he will continue to listen, because he knows that the reward will follow soon after!
Stay tuned for the second exercise!
Article written by Eve Laforest, dog training specialist at De Main De Maître - Education and Canine Behavior, www.demaindemaitre.com
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