Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Useful Dog Training Tool

Dog Training Tool

A recently published study confirms what dog lovers have always known. Most dogs love to be petted and most can’t get enough of it.

The study researchers observed both shelter and family dogs in an experiment that had the dogs choose whether to spend time with a person who gave them vocal praise or a person who petted them

Without exception, the dogs chose to hang out with the people doing the petting, even when the person praising them was their owner, and the petting person was a stranger

These study results suggest that dogs’ preference for petting as positive reinforcement is a natural response, whereas the use of praise to reinforce desirable behaviour is much more effective when supplemented with another incentive like food treats or petting.

You can use this fact to support your own dog training régime.
(From Dr Becker's website)