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Training Basic: Motivate Your Dog

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How to motivate your dog?

Dogs are motivated by different things. Some are very food motivated, others are motivated by toys or affection. During training I use treats as a lure, but you can use whatever object your dog is focused on. In this video Sydney is focused on a seashell and that is what I am using.

Once your dog follows the lure 6-12 times, remove the lure and start motivating your dog through other things. The motivation can also be play, allowed to jump on the sofa or to go sniff. The motivation is now a reward. You can use anything as a reward for your dog. Reward often. Don’t stop rewarding , even if your dog knows the command. Studies have shown that without rewards dogs and humans alike, will stop participating in the unrewarding behavior.