My Smart Puppy

with Dog Expert, Sarah Wilson

Getting to Good


Your job, as your dog’s coach and teacher, is to “get to good” – meaning look at training as a process of rewarding rather than correcting.

Here are a few examples:

If your dog is jumping up – work on “sit.”
If your dog is barking while looking out the window – work on “come” or “place” or “kennel.”
If your dog is licking you too much – work on “down” or “go.”

Making the behaviors you want your focus makes training more fun for both of you. Side benefit? It also works.

Your dog wants to be rewarded, he loves being rewarded but he doesn’t always know what do to create that reward. That’s our job, to give your dog a better idea and then reward him for that.

Once your dog understands that, if you need to add in a negative to stop a behavior that is still lingering, your dog will know the alternative you prefer and hustle right to it.

Teach him what you prefer him to do, practice that and see what happens. It’ll be good – for both of you.

by Sarah Wilson

Author of handbooks: My Smart Puppy (book with DVD) and Childproofing Your Dog

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