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The Novice Dog - From Strong Foundations
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Using Rewards Effectively

6 Steps Easy

About this course

Using rewards in training creates a very powerful way of learning. A lot of research has shown that learning through rewards and positive reinforcement is the most effective method for long term success.

This masterclass will explore what rewards actually are. Reward-based training doesn’t mean dogs can do whatever they like, it just focuses on how you teach them to want to do what we’d like them to do, and how to reinforce their choices to create a well-trained and motivated dog.

Course Structure

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Step1 – What Are Rewards

  • Our relationship is vital and praise should always be used
  • Rewards can be from the handler (praise / food / toys)
  • Rewards can also come from the environment or the ‘premak’ principle
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Step 2- Using Food For The Basics

  • Food is great for the basics – quick and easy for high reps
  • Reward the dog’s own choice - don’t want to constantly be telling them what to do!
  • Can use food to encourage some movement as part of the reward

Video Includes:

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  • Demo using treats to get focus and speak about the importance of praise
  • Demo of using food to allow dog to snuffle in order to reinforce a stay
  • Demo of using food to start a basic ‘stop’

 

 

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Step 3- Using Toys and Premak

  • Toys can be great to use for rewarding distance behaviour
  • A ‘fun’ behaviour can be the reward for doing a more boring behaviour
  • Retrieves can be rewarded with toys and play

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  • Using a ball to reward a stop
  • Using a fun behaviour (hunting) to reinforce a more boring behaviour (heel work)
  • Using toys to reward a retrieve

 

 

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Step 4 - Summary

  • Not all rewards are reinforcing
  • Your dog will be your best teacher
  • Be creative
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Certificate of Achievement

Download your Certificate of Achievement inside here

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