14 Jan Dogs Just Wanna Have Fun
Professional trainer Pat Miller, weighed in with “Dogs Just Wanna Have Fun,” which discussed enjoyable activities you could participate in with your dog, to strengthen your interest in each other and to motivate his continued attention and learning. It is most important to keep training fun and positive.
Why should training be fun for your dog? One of the major principles is that any training command one tries to teach a new learner, such as a beginner dog, will get stronger in direct proportion to how many times their beloved pet it is rewarded. And, of perhaps even greater importance, every time the new learner does the behavior and is not rewarded the behavior gets weaker. Not just “doesn’t get stronger”…gets weaker. In other words, it’s better to do nothing at all than to drill without rewards.