One of the most effective dog training techniques smaller dogs is reward training. Because choke collars and other aggressive forms of training are ineffective with small breeds like Poodles, Pugs and the Pomeranian due to their small physical stature, reward training has been commonly used as an alternative.
Reward training is used for many purposes. Along with police and military work, this training teaches dogs to perform all kinds of actions and is even used to train dogs for films and advertisements. And, of course, it works just as well on your pet for basic obedience.
Reward training is based on giving a treat or reward when your dog performs the behavior you desire. Most often it means a special treat, but simply telling your dog that he was a good boy and patting him on the head can be construed as a wonderful reward for your dog.
You can teach your dog nearly everything by using rewards based dog training techniques. All you need is consistency in training, and your dog will eventually do the desired task.
If you would like to teach your dog to sit, you may try holding a treat above his head and then pushing it back further until the dog chooses to sit. When he does this, say the command “sit.” When he actually does sit, you can praise him and give him the treat. The dog will soon relate the sitting action with the word “sit” and the yummy reward!
Some trainers use a clicker to train the dog without using voice commands. Associating a clicking sound with the treat is the goal with this method. With this method of training, the dog learns to associate the desired action with hand signals and clicks and is rewarded after he performs the actions just as if you were using voice commands.
If you have patience and energy, you can train your dog to perform difficult tricks and tasks by using reward training, a technique that is often used in the field of entertainment. One thing that works well is to get the dog to perform the action naturally. As soon as the dog succeeds at the task, his success is reinforced with a reward.
Using dog training techniques that are rewards based can be a great way to train and bond with your small dog without having to resort to harsh actions that can injure your pet. This way you can be assured that your training time will be enjoyable for both you and your pet.
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