Orlando Dog Trainer: Why We Reward Dogs In Training

Big Paw Pet Care uses a “PAWsitive” or rewards based training method when training our client’s dogs. At first you feel like a PEZ dispenser handing out treat after treat. What we really want to get to is making eye contact, praise and petting just as rewarding as treats.

But first you have to get the dogs attention.

We call dogs “man’s best friend” and “loyal” but the reality is dogs are fairly self-serving. Ask your dog to perform any task and he’s immediately asking “Whats in this for me?”. You could say dogs are natures capitalists when it comes to their relationships with humans.

So we hand out treat after treat for the simple tasks as we start. By being systematic with rewards, the dog is more likely to repeat the behavior we want. When you reward a job well done, the dog will continue to “show up for work”.

A first step is deciding what is rewarding to your dog. Some dogs love cheese, others hate it. For some dogs rough petting means “good boy” where others may not like touch at all. So we find what works for your dog and start our training there.

Over the next few days I’ll post a few more insights into the dog training process. In the meantime, if you have any questions about your dog’s behavior feel free to call me at 321-345-7387 for a FREE telephone assessment.

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