"You wouldn’t work for free…neither should your dog."
Positive Reinforcement Training
"Positive reinforcement means adding something immediately after a behavior occurs that makes the frequency of that behavior likely to increase."
Reinforcement means the behavior continues or goes up in frequency. (if the behavior went down instead, it has not been reinforced).
And positive means something is added. Most likely an edible reward.
For example, you ask the dog to sit, the dog sits, and you give them a treat (something is added). The dog is more likely to sit next time you ask (the behavior has been reinforced).
What is reinforcing to your dog, is determined by your dog, not you. I may think that Gold Fish crackers will be a high value reward for my dog, but in reality your dog may prefer chicken. Alternatively, rewards don't always have to be edible, they can also be gaining access to something, like playing ball, running around or a favorite toy.
Why Punishment is NOT Recommended
It is easier and more productive to teach your dog what TO DO, than telling him what not to do.
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