Cheshire Crossing Animal Hospital offers training resources to pet owners in Columbus, Ohio, and the surrounding area. Training is much more than teaching your pet tricks; it involves developing a communication system and leadership between you and your pet. Fluent communication and strong leadership will allow you to teach your pet appropriate behaviors.
Reinforcement: Increase the likelihood that the behavior will be repeated.
When teaching your pet, using reinforcement is much more valuable than punishment. Reinforcing the behaviors you want teaches your pet exactly what you’d like him or her to do, and makes it more likely that they will repeat that specific behavior.
Punishment: Decrease the likelihood that the behavior will be repeated.
Using punishment may teach pets not to do a specific behavior, but it doesn’t give him or her any alternative. It is similar to constantly saying, “no,” to a child without giving them any further instruction.
Stop bad behavior by ignoring it.
Instead of punishing a behavior you don’t want, simply ignore it completely. Since there is no reward, your pet is less likely to repeat the behavior in the future.
Click to Communicate with Your Pet
Proficient clicker training provides an opportunity for you to communicate with your dog. Your clicker, also known as an “event marker” or “bridge,” is going to be an essential tool for successful communication between you and your dog.
Timing is the key to successful communication. In order to teach your dog the behaviors you would like, he or she needs to be rewarded at the exact moment he or she is doing something correct. This exact timing is extremely challenging and this is where the event marker comes in.
The marker is paired with a reward, (e.g. their favorite food, toy, or activity) and your pet will learn to associate the noise of the marker with a reward. This will allow you to be precise when letting your pet know when he or she is preforming a behavior you want.
The clicker is not permanent! Once your pet has learned the behavior and the associated cue, the clicker is no longer necessary. Clicker Training Resources: ClickerTraining.com
- Don’t Shoot the Dog, by Karen Pryor
- Perfect Puppy in 7 Days, by Dr. Sophia Yin
- Puppy Start Right, by Dr. Kenneth M. Martin & Debbie Martin
- How to Behave so Your Dog Behaves, by Dr. Sophia Yin
- Clicking with Your Dog, by Peggy Tillman
Cheshire Crossing Animal Hospital offers training resources to pet owners in Columbus, Ohio, and the surrounding area. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.