People have been training animals for a very long time. Dogs, horses, and hawks have been trained for millennia. In reality, for all time, the essence of training has not changed.
How do you train a dog? It boils down to a very simple concept:
There are things our dogs like and things our dogs do not like. Dogs will work to get what they like and dogs will work to avoid what they do not like.
That's it. But the art and devil are in the details.
You can look at Cesar Milan. You can look at Victoria Stilwell. You can look at any trainer and break everything down to one of two categories: Things a dog likes and things a dog does not like.
Here is one I hear all the time, from the world of training bird dogs: "Don't train with treats because you won't have treats in the field. Train with praise."
|Praise Depends On The Dog|
I don't train my dog with praise alone. You know what I use? Raw beef. Cheese. A chance to chase a bird. I can get a much bigger effort using rewards the dog likes more than he likes praise.
Consider the dog that jumps up on people. Owners scream and holler and express displeasure. But the dog keeps jumping on people. Why? Again, from the dog's point of view: he dislikes getting yelled at, but the reward of jumping and greeting new people outweighs getting yelled at.
|Not All Dogs Hate Water In The Face|
How do you train a dog? It does not matter what *you think* the dog likes. What matters is what the dog actually likes. It does not matter what *you think* the dog dislikes. What matters is what the dog actually dislikes.
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