So #NationalPuppyDay falls on March 23 BUT they say if it’s a weekend, it’s celebrated on the closest weekday so that would mean today is the special day. •
However for me, EVERYDAY this little furball @nylastartheyorkie is the one that I can count on to brighten my day. She never wants to leave my side and she’s always full of kisses and cuddles to put a smile on my face - even when I’m not having the greatest of days. •
I miss her terribly when I’m not home, but once the weather gets nicer, the plan is to take her almost everywhere with me. She truly is the sunshine of my life and has made everything so much better for me over the past few months. I love you forever Nyla Star! 🌟 🐾
Reward and punishment are two words that are spoken about a lot in dog training but what exactly do they mean? .
A reward is anything that makes a behavior enjoyable to a dog thus making the dog want to do more of that behavior in the future. This can be done in a multitude of ways. You can use the obvious ones like food, treats and toys. Besides for the obvious rewards there are ways to reward that are many times overlooked. Our body language, tone of voice, physical touch and a release of pressure can all be used as very valuable rewards. .
When you reward your dog you are letting your dog know that you like what it did and you want more of that. A reward should reinforce a behavior letting the dog know that is the type of behaviour you want it to perform for you. .
A punishment is anything that interrupts a behavior and makes it less likely to happen again. This can be done using many different sources of pressure. The idea is to make the behavior no longer enjoyable for the dog so it understands that you don't want it doing it again. .
Punishment is not abuse it is simply giving the dog very clear information so it understands that it can't do that again. .
This is the basics of dog training. Through proper reward and punishment a dog learns both yes and no. A dog must understand clearly what it can and can't do in order for it to thrive and live a good life. .
When you go to reward or punish a dog think about if it is giving you the outcome you want. If it is not then you are not actually using it properly, or not giving it enough value to clearly communicate what you want to your dog. .
If you get this down pat you will be able to get your dog to stop any unwanted behavior and learn anything new you want.