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Switch Things Up While Dog Training

Quick Training Tip: Switch It Up

Keep training exciting by keeping your pup's attention with regular, short sessions. Make training part of your daily routine — even just 10 minutes before breakfast or dinner can go a long way. Once your pup has mastered several commands (at least 85 percent of the time), gradually decrease the treats. Start by rewarding two times out of three, then every third time, until snacks are only handed out occasionally.

When rewards are switched up, your pet is not just performing for the food, but will understand and continue his response minus the goodies. Even when not offering a savory morsel, speak in a crisp, cheerful manner and offer immediate praise in a positive voice. If you continue to get the desired reaction from your pup without the food, congratulations! You've mastered key commands in a "closed environment" — and now it's time to take it outside!

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aembry396 aembry396 8 years
Good tip! I have to remember to go slow and not try to rush my pup.
CanadianInVA CanadianInVA 8 years
The picture of this puppy is so cute. My puppy fever is bad today
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