We explain to our students that like us, dogs shouldn’t need to be bribed in to good behaviours. As a teacher I shouldn’t need to give little Timmy a mars bar for him to say “please” and “thank you”. Manner shouldn’t need bribes or payment they are there to make life better for everyone.
This leads to us into talking to students about motivators. When we ask a dog to do a trick, we are asking more from him and therefore need to give a stronger motivator than verbal praise. The kids get this and it usually leads to a discussion about what motivates them and why.
So next time you are training your dog ask yourself what motivator your dog should require. Are you asking simple manner and just need to work on your happy voice and cuddles or are you asking for a more complex behaviour and is it time to get the schamcos out?
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