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Consistent Dog Training and Variable Reinforcements Are Key

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Training Goals

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!

  • Eye contact

  • Name recognition

  • Praise-word recognition

  • 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)

  • Crate training

  • Control in and out of doorways and cars

  • Potty training

  • 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 é 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.

To order this book visit the Idiot's Guide web site or call 1-800-253-6476.


August 29, 2014



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