Consistent Dog Training and Variable Reinforcements Are Key
No one is ever done with training, but there are some behaviors you should strive for, as recommended by noted positive trainer Ted Turner. Teach all of these and you will be the envy of every other dog owner you meet!
Walking on a loose leash
Walking on a loose leash with attention to you
Accepting petting, handling, and grooming
Stays (with distractions)
Recall (with distractions)
Control in and out of doorways and cars
Allowing food removal and ignoring dropped food
No aggression to humans or dogs
No jumping, mouthing, or biting
Tolerance of children
Not totally reliant on food as a reinforcer
Please don't think that these are unattainable—they aren't. It just takes consistency, patience, specific goals on your part, and faith that your dog—yes, your dog—can achieve this level of training.
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Excerpted from The Complete Idiot's Guide to Positive Dog Training © 2005 by Pamela Dennison. All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. Used by arrangement with Alpha Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
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