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ABC Practical Guide to Dog Training by Steven Appelbaum

By Steven Appelbaum

With the proliferation of titles available in the market at the present time, why one other e-book on puppy puppy training?Because such a lot of them sound fabulous, yet do not paintings! And the canines being educated frequently improve difficulties for this reason. annoyed puppy proprietors are trying to find functional, humane solutions - that offer results.The skilled process inside the ABC functional education consultant has confirmed itself with over 40,000 puppy proprietors around the usa and Canada who've chanced on their solutions "as basic as ABC."

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Step 5: After 150 to 200 trials (a trial is one training experience— in this case, saying “good” and tossing a treat), your dog should perk up every time she hears your conditioned reinforcer “good,” in anticipation of the unconditioned reinforcer (food). The word “good” now has a specific meaning to the dog. ” Step 6: The word “good” can now be maintained as a valuable training tool to communicate to your dog when she did the right thing and exactly how well she did. Step 7: When you’re teaching the dog a command, each correct response should be followed by the word “good,” and the best responses should be followed with the dog’s unconditioned reinforcer (food).

For example, a Labrador Retriever who instinctively loves to fetch will naturally consider toys she can retrieve to be unconditioned reinforcers. The dog determines what her unconditioned reinforcers are, not the owner or the trainer. 34 How Your Dog Learns Not all unconditioned reinforcers have the same value. Some dogs like food more than toys, and others like toys more than food. Most people also consider praise and petting to be an unconditioned reinforcer for dogs, but not all dogs like praise and petting.

Then you would add going over to the mat. Then you would teach the dog to shut the door and then go over to the mat to lie down. Each time you add a behavior, you will have to give the dog rewards at the end of the new behavior, until the dog gets it. Then you make her go from the new behavior (shutting the door) to lying on the mat with no reward coming until she’s on the mat. This will encourage her to go all the way to the last behavior to get her treat. Continue to add behaviors until you have taught her to run to the mat at the door to sit—the first part of the chain.

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