We all know that having a pet is a huge deal, especially if you are a pet lover generally. Adding to that, having small children that adore dogs is another advantage of owning one.
Whether we wanted to accept it or not, we all like our dogs well trained and without any potential outbursts that might surprise either us or our guests. Also, we want to see our dog happy, motivated, cheerful and up for walks, playing and similar. But, this is where we have a bump in the road - how do we know what motivates our little (or big) pets?
Obviously, there is no one particular answer as it varies from species to species, but there could be found some common ground for all of them. We list you some and we hope them to be a huge success in your further training and motivating of your sweet pet.
Use treats Most dogs are motivated by food so you cant go wrong with offering your dog its favorite piece of food. Itís preferable if itís something he can chew on, things like turkey, chicken, cheese, hot dogs and sliced eggs. Be aware that you can use treats as both a trigger and a reward. Also, when you start with training, bear in mind that not all training requires trigger but they all require a reward. So, itís pretty much up to you how youíll play it.
Toys are wonderful! If you know what your dogís favorite toy is use it as a motivational tool. Donít use those your puppy seams to be indifferent to. Also, monitor his behavior around the toy. If he gets way to excited around it and looses focus from training, change the toy. Just like with food, use it as both a trigger and reward.
Along with toys usually comes excitement. Still, you need to realize that you are the one in control, so try avoiding too much excitement. Instead, keep your voice down, talk softly and calmly while keeping your movements to a minimum. Yes, a Ďnormalí reaction when playing with a dog certainly is jumping around and clapping but your dog then loses focus from the training. Also, if your dog is a bit more sensitive, all the yelling will make him scared and he wonít respond positively. So, act in accordance to your dogís mentality and you will be able to train him.
Donít run away from fun Avoid looking all serious during the training. Show passion and happiness, award your dog with an applause once he gets something done. Some research says that dogs can understand up to 200 human words, so praise your dog by telling him how awesome and great he is for managing to do that. Once he realizes the concept of award and bashing, he is more likely to stay motivated and up for new training.
Set (your own) limits You know what they say - itís all in moderation. This too goes for training sessions. You need to know when to stop in order to keep your dog motivated and healthy. Once you notice your dogís behavior starts nose-diving, know that he's tired of the charades. This is not so common with young dogs but just like the older ones, they too can lose motivation. Watch out for signs, observe your dogís behavior and monitor how he acts at what hour of training so you know how to plan his training sessions for the future reference. Another option is to give your dog some rest, like couple of hours and then return to the training sessions once you see him rested.
Change toys! If you have seen that your dog loses interest in his toys after some time, switch them! Make it interesting and fun by upgrading your dogs toys, switching them and using them in different scenarios.