How to Begin Obedience Training

The puppy's education can begin when he is sixteen weeks old. It is very important to follow a progressive procedure. Here is what to do to get the best results:

Associating food with Secondary reinforcement (SR) The idea is to create a clear link between the "SOUND + GOOD!" combination (secondary reinforcement) and the food (primary reinforcement Show him what "SOUND + GOOD!" means by telling him "GOOD!", while at the same time, activating the "sound" device and giving him some food. This basic exercise is rehearsed for 2 to 5 minutes, twice a day, during the first days of the education of your dog. Usually, alter thirty repeats, the dog will have assimilated the routine, but you must make sure before you go any further. By thus captivating the attention of your dog, you will succeed in making him understand what a correct act is, the main thrust behind a good education.

Eye contact is the name of the game here. Name your dog, and as soon as he sets his gaze on you, congratulate him heartily with "SOUNO + GODO!". Make sure his attention is indeed focused on you, and not the treat. The dog must associate his name with a positive stimulus.

Once this link is established and he hears" SOUND + GOOOI", you have begun to establish an airtight communication with your dog. Be particularly vigilant for timing - food must be given quickly, either during the SR, or immediately after, no later. Once you have passed this stage, the dog will be very willing to act according to your wishes whenever he hears his name called. As soon as the dog hears his name, he must turn around and look at you. It is at that mom ent that you reward him. The dog will then have learned to recognize his name.

The second stage consists in putting a treat or toy behind your back, making sure that the dog cannot reach it. The dog stops and looks at you. Name him and give him the SR "SOUND + GOOD!" and reward him. Make sure that when the dog hears "SOUND + GOOD!", he expects a reward.

Check your dog's behavior in order to determine if the association has been well integrated. Give a "SOUND" + GOOD!" combination when he doesn't expect it. If the dog responds to the secondary reinforcement by standing up to get some food, he has assimilated the sequence; if not, he has not reached the objective.

Always congratulate your dog when he is attentive and shows you how well he has learned. You may practice this exercise in three-minute increments, to attain fifteen minutes one or two days later. We recommend that you install the collar on your dog as you begin the very first exercise (with no battery), so the dog can become accustomed to it.

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