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Markers/Conditioned Reinforcers

Your communication channels to your dog (markers or conditioned reinforcers): Continuation Marker: This sound lets your dog know they are correct, and you will be delivering a reward to them. Terminal Marker: This lets your dog know they are correct, and they may come to you to get the reward. Non-Reinforcement Marker: This is for mistakes. This is a signal for negative punishment; which means withholding the reward from your dog until your dog does the behavior correctly. Conditioned Correction: This is a signal for positive punishment.

Food Handling

Here is a simple video that will show you a few food handling skills.

Marker Training With Your Dog

During this exercise, you are teaching your dog a few things. You are teaching them the communication channels, and you are teaching them that it's a good thing to look at you. First get the dog’s attention, and once the dog is looking at you, you use your continuation marker and then you deliver the reward. Once your dog eats the reward and looks back at you, you are going to use your terminal-marker and move away from your dog, encouraging your dog to come and get the reward. You will continue to do sessions of this exercise until your dog is conditioned to these two markers.

Reward Placement

Puppy Markers

Remember, this is also engagement training. You are paying your puppy for focusing their attention on you. You are teaching them the communication channels, and you are teaching them that it's a good thing to look at you. 

Luring & Chasing

Luring: This is when you use food to guide your dog into the desired position, and once your dog is in that position, you would then release the reward to your dog.

Chasing: This is when you make your dog chase food that is in your hand to increase food drive, prey drive, play drive and make the training more fun for your dog. You can also have your dog chase toys to build your dog's toy drive.

Shaping Behaviors

During this step, you will begin to teach your dog the desired behaviors with either luring or leash pressure. This is called "shaping." Before we name a command, the dog must first understand, through a physical cue, what we want and expect from them. You will continue to carry out this step until your dog is performing each position how you would like them to.

Puppy Obedience/Shaping

Puppy Shaping: During this step, you will begin to teach your puppy the desired behaviors with luring. This is called "shaping." Before we name a command, the puppy must first understand, through a physical cue, what we want and expect from them. You will continue to carry out this step until your puppy is performing each position how you would like them to.

Shaping Bahaviors Part 2

Puppy Shaping: During this step, you will begin to teach your puppy the desired behaviors with luring. This is called "shaping." Before we name a command, the puppy must first understand, through a physical cue, what we want and expect from them. You will continue to carry out this step until your puppy is performing each position how you would like them to.

Naming Commands

Once we have our dog performing the action with our physical cue, it is then time to name the command. Remember you must say the name of the command and then show your dog the physical signal. 

If we want the dog to learn the verbal command, then it is important to make sure that the verbal precedes the physical by a split second. 

Your Dog's Binder

Stay organized with your dog's binder. This is where you will keep any necessary documents for your dog, 

Place Command

Place your dog in a position of your choice. When your dog breaks that position, you will calmly say "No,” walk to your dog, grab the leash and use the leash pressure to place your dog back into the position that was just broken. You must say "no" the moment your dog breaks the position. You will continue to do this step until your dog goes back to the position they just broke on their own after you say "no." This will prove to you that your dog knows what is expected and that your dog knows how to turn off pressure by complying.

Backwards Follow Exercise

Through Command

Backwards Command

Spin Command

Teaching the spin command is not only fun for you, but also fun for your dog. This is considered a power-up command, meaning it will give your dog added energy and motivation. 

Touch Command

Remember, this exercise is meant to be fun and empowering for your dog. This in not an exercise that you would correct your dog for if your dog did not perform the command when asked.

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