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Giving your dog a reward will certainly encourage them to perform behaviours for you. But what do they find most rewarding? Do you reward them often enough? Do you know how the mechanics of rewards affect your dog’s behaviour? You might be surprised at how it all works.
The science of behaviour provides us with some pretty clear guidelines for when and how to reward behaviour. It is our dogs who will provide the best feedback on how valuable they find those rewards. Rewarding often enough and for the right behaviours is only part of the process. Knowing what our dogs want to work for gives us a much greater chance of success!
A transcript of the main text of Make Training Rewarding for You and Your Dog is available at the Life As A Human online magazine website. You can visit Life as a Human to find this and other articles.
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