Here Is What I Saw.
The dog actually started out very good. They told the dog to sit, and it sat right down. The dog got rewarded and then they told it to stay. So it stayed. They rewarded the dog again. It stayed there … for about 5 seconds, then it got up and walked away.
The biggest issue that most dog owners have when working with their dogs is that they are not communicating properly. Dogs need constant input!
A well know dog trainer once said that the average dog owner only communicates with his dog three to seven times per minute. On the other hand, professional dog trainers do it twenty to thirty times per minute. This is why most dog trainers get much faster results than the dog’s owners do!
When I begin working with new clients I almost always have to remind them to continually praise the dog for doing what they ask. The timing of the praise is also very critical. As in “clicker training” you have only about 5/10th to 7/10th of a second to bridge the correct behavior to the reward. Praising or rewarding instantly will give you much faster results because the dog will associate the action to the reward, and think; “Oh, I get a reward when I do that! So I’m going to keep doing that!”
Keep your training sessions short. Your training sessions should be kept under 10 minutes in length. Finish each session with your dog correctly doing a behavior.
Always do something that your dog likes to do when the session ends. Playing with the dog’s favorite toy or going for a walk will keep your dog interested in training. Because there is a “fun time” following the training, it will make the dog more willing to train well.
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