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15 Training Secrets Dog Trainers Won’t Tell You for Free – Reader’s Digest

Our lovable, furry companions can be mischievous and naughty at times. The knee-jerk reaction is to shout “No!” or “Bad Dog!” but let’s face it, that rarely works. So we asked certified dog trainers to share some of their best training secrets, and we found it’s easier than you might think to get the results you want.

Offer high-value rewards

cute Parson Russell Terrier puppy lies on the grass and chews at dried rumenChristian Mueller/Shutterstock

There’s nothing wrong with a well-deserved “Good boy!” and tummy rub, but they’re simply not as rewarding as that coveted, freeze-dried liver or another delicious doggie treat. You just need to find out what treat your dog will go crazy for when performing new or preferred behaviors. “Exploring your dog’s high-value food rewards is a lot of fun and part of the process,” says Russell Hartstein, certified dog behaviorist and trainer and CEO of Fun Paw Care. “Always carry a pouch or bag with your puppy’s daily allocation of food and lots of treats in it to teach your dog appropriate new behaviors.” Just be sure to consider these treats as part of your dog’s daily food allotment, or you may wind up with an overweight pup on your hands. Got puppy fever? Find out how much a pup could cost you.

Train in a boring environment

siberian husky puppy gives paw to human handANURAK PONGPATIMET/Shutterstock

Ever try teaching your fur baby something new at the dog park or while interacting with people? It probably didn’t go as well as expected. Here’s why: Too much distraction. “Initially, as with any new behavior, you want to start in a boring, non-distracting environment, typically a room inside your home with no toys, with your dog on a leash,” says Hartstein. And keep those high-value treats handy for rewards. Don’t miss these 50 secrets your pet won’t tell you.

Stop yanking on the leash

Three English bulldog on a leashRuna Kazakova/Shutterstock

Are you walking with your dog or is your dog walking you? If it’s the latter, forget about yanking the leash. It won’t work. “Dogs have an opposition reflex. You pull back, and they pull forward. They are not being stubborn or difficult. It’s built into the way a dog is designed,” says Hartstein. In other words, if a dog pulls and gets to where it wants to go, the dog is rewarded and will continue the behavior. The solution? Head back inside for some walking on the leash. “After your dog has walked successfully next to you many times in your home, advance to the backyard, then the front yard, then a few houses down, and etc.,” suggests Hartstein. Reward them for walking close to you. Find out the 53 mistakes every dog owner makes.

Source: https://www.rd.com/advice/pets/dog-trainers-secrets/

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