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Animal Life: Dog Obedience

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Positive reinforcemnt is the most effective form of obedience training.

All dogs are born cute. But most of them aren’t born obedient. Basic obedience training is easy and important. You don’t want your dog getting a bad reputation.

The key element of the most successful obedience training is positive reinforcement, not punishment. The idea is simple: every time your dog obeys a command during training, he gets a treat. This method is much more effective than yelling or swatting your dog with a newspaper.

Timing is crucial in positive reinforcement training. Give your dog a treat within a few seconds of him performing the desired behavior. If you wait too long, he won’t make the connection between the behavior and the reward. 

While dog treats and kibble work for some dogs, others might respond better to something like cheese or chicken. Every dog is different and every dog learns at different speeds. So be patient! You might not see results immediately, but if you stick with it, obedience training will pay off.  

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