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Dog training is a breeze with the tips, tricks, and techniques dog trainer JoAnne Basinger shares in these Howcast videos.
"Dog Training: Dog Obedience Tips When people refer to wanting a really obedient dog, what they're generally picturing is a dog with great manners that responds to their person when requests are made. The best way to get a dog that responds to you is to use positive reward based training techniques so that you have a dog that wants to be compliant, not that's doing things because it's concerned or worried about what might happen or else, so keep your training positive by rewarding your dog for behavior that you want. In order to do that, one of the best tips is to write a list of things that motivate your dog so that your dog is motivated to learn and enjoying the teaching process. Rewards can usually fall into about four categories, food, and that's any kind of food, their normal meals, their really special treats, to chew toys. We also, of course, have toys and depending on the dog, they might like certain toys or all toys, but figure out what toys motivate your dog and at what times during the day it might be best to leverage those. Another reward is your attention. Pets, praise, eye contact, any type of attention from you is extremely rewarding to your dog so you want to dole that out for good behavior as well, and then there's a general category of life rewards. Things that are out and about in the environment, even just smelling a nice little spot on the street or walking over to a tree and checking it out, or walking out a door can be utilized as a life reward. You're going to take all those things that your dog loves and motivates your dog. You're going to write them down so that you remember them and you're going to start leveraging those in order to be able to reward your dog in a variety of ways for behavior that you want. Now that you've taken up all the resources and things that your dog cares about, and you're ready to give those to your dog for good behavior, you're ready to do a lot of training. First you want to start with your foundation skills like sit, down, stand and coming from a short distance. The mistake that a lot of people make is getting ahead of themselves, so don't rush it. Have strong foundation skills that you can then build upon so that you and your dog are successful along the way. Being successful keeps the training fun. Also, make sure that you're positive in (video ended abruptly here).Video ended mid-sentence at the end."