Don’t Become an Automatic Treat Dispenser

Treats are used as information to the dog during the initial training phases. Once your dog completely understands the new lesson, you no longer need to offer treats for that behavior. As you work through the proofing process, you will continue to challenge your dog and offer treats for his commitment to the exercise. For example, when you ask Fido to “Sit”, he immediately plops his haunches on the ground. Fido understands what “Sit” means. Instead of offering a treat, tell him he is a “Good Boy”. However, if Fido is practicing “Sit” and he maintains that sit while another dog runs by, Fido is demonstrating he is committed to the “Sit” and should be offered a reward.

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I have to say that Carolyn’s training technique of humans is WONDERFUL and her technique with DOG IS EVEN BETTER! I learned so much from her on how to train myself and train my dog that working daily with my dog at home and weekly attendance at class was a pleasure.

~ Ron from Portland

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