Basic Steps To Training A Behaviour

HI friends and fans! Its winter here and we have lots of snow and cold temps. But we don’t mind because we have fur! 😉

But seriously, I know I’ve talked about this topic before, but this time I’m answering  it as a question from one of my viewers. Specifically regarding the Kuvasz Breed, the viewer wanted to know whether or not the breed is normally difficult to train to a good recall because they are more dominant or because they don’t respect you.

As some of you may know, basically my whole video channel is about this particular topic as it relates to different dog breeds.

Dogs that do not do something that you want them to do are NOT being dominant or disrespectful. They are not trained.

Train more and generalize the behaviour to many different locations for any behaviour you want to train well.

Basic Steps To Training A Behaviour

One: train the behaviour with food visible and in a location of no distractions. Do many repetitions.

Two: train the behaviour with the food visible to the dog in a location of low distractions. Do many repetitions.

Three:  start training the behaviour with the food hidden in your hand or pocket in locations of LOW distraction. If you dog is having trouble with this, go back to the previous step and do more reps.

More steps below the video!

Four: If your dog is getting most of the reps correct, increase distractions to mild/moderate. If you have to, for the first few reps, make the food reward visible to your dog. Within a few reps, start hiding the food in your hand or pocket. If your dog is having trouble, you have likely gone too far too fast. There are too many distractions or the rewards are not valuable enough. go back and do more reps at a lower level.

Five: Continue to increase distractions to moderate. You may also want to increase duration of the behaviour – i.e. longer sit, down etc. Increase incrementally only. If you have to bring back the visible food reward for a few reps, go ahead but quickly go to hiding it again after a short time. If your dog is having trouble, go back and do more reps at a lower level.

Six: Increase behaviour duration and distance BEFORE increasing distractions to HIGH. Difficult distractions is like being in college for a dog. You have to do the lower, easier levels before you progress to more difficult situations. Do in the same manner as stated above.

The more work you do at a level, the more ingrained the habit of the behaviour will be in the dog. Don’t ask the dog to perform a behaviour in a location or around a distraction that you have never practiced.  Make sure that your dog is successful in each repetition that you practice. Errorless learning works well for dogs, and is really the only thing you can do when you are clicker training. Besides, its more fun!

Happy Training!

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