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Praise is the most important tool you have to
train your dog, and is also the most difficult thing for people to
remember to use during a training session.
One of the most significant motivates for dogs is praise, but what is
praise? Praise is not a pat on the head or a droning monotone good.
Dogs are too smart for those approaches. Verbal praise should be
heartfelt and belted out in high pitched, happy tones at the exact
moment the dog has succeeded at the task or command. The more exuberant
you can be with your properly timed verbal praise, the faster your dog
Another form of praise that can be more powerful
than verbal praise is physical praise. (The pat on the head does not
here either.) The best form of physical praise is whatever your dog
best. For a puppy that just learned to lay down on command may want a
rub. Since he is successful with the down, by all means rub his little
belly. After he has learned to perform the command consistently, you
can gradually make him work harder for his praise. Other forms of
physical praise that most
dogs like are stroking under the chin, stroking the ears and patting
If you only remember one thing from dog training, let it be to verbally
and physically praise your dog!
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