Published at Friday, 24 May 2019. Dog Training. By Yvet Bouillon.
DOWN command can be taught just after SIT is mastered. It is important to use only the word DOWN. Your dog does not understand variations such as Lay Down. You must be consistent in training your dog that DOWN only refers to laying down. If you want to teach your dog to get down off of your chair, train OFF as your command. To teach your dog to lay down, first command him to SIT. Using a treat, draw your dog into a laying down position by dragging the treat between his legs and moving it forward. When the desired position is reached, praise, and treat. As you train your dog each new command, be sure to combine each command so patterns do not develop and the action of each different command is rewarded when achieved. (SIT DOWN STAY), (SIT STAY COME), (SIT STAY DOWN)
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Unlike aversive training, reward training doesn't require you to be infallibly consistent in your reactions to your dog's misbehaviors. You don't need to reward your dog every time he does as you ask – in fact, he'll learn just as quickly (if not more so) if the rewards he receives for desired behavior are intermittent and unpredictable instead of being given every time he performs the behavior. And, above all, if you make mistakes with aversive training you risk losing your dog's trust. That won't happen with reward training, where mistakes might temporarily confuse your dog, but they won't cause him to become aggressive or fear or mistrust you.
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