Sunday, January 15, 2012
Too Much Praise?
"Praise your Dog!"
Have you heard those words often especially in dog training?
Praise provides feedback that tells your dog, "You did well," but it becomes meaningless if given without consideration for the behavior preceding it.
Ineffective accolades before discounts what should be an anticipated reward.
Consistency is the key to any good training method. It includes using properly timed praise to reward desired behaviors.
Withholding praise lets your dog know she missed the mark and must try again to earn rewards. A correction can be the withholding of praise, food, or a toy, followed always with the reward once the desired behavior is achieved. Use, "Try again," when withholding praise, so your dog learns that additional effort brings success and the highly valued praise that means a job well done.