Dog training tip: connecting with your dog.

Using food provides a great introduction for a dog to learning and shaping behaviors. However, it is easy to get caught in the trap of bribing a dog with food to get them to listen to you. Connecting with a dog with an enthusiastic attitude while using a variety of rewards will allow you to teach them with or without food…the fun for the dog comes from engaging with their parent…and not simply from what’s in their pocket. I personally prefer to start teaching a new behavior with food, and then quickly change the reward to a toy or a game or some sort. Once a dog and their human learn to communicate with each other, amazing things are guaranteed to happen. What is your dog’s favorite game???

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