Tips for success

Here are a few tricks to help train­ing work

Gardening Australia - - FEATHERS & FUR -

Re­ward your pet as soon as she re­sponds cor­rectly. Giv­ing her small, con­sis­tent re­wards ev­ery time is the key to a long-term re­sponse. If you ask her to sit, as soon as her bot­tom hits the ground, treat and praise her. Even­tu­ally, when she re­sponds ev­ery time in a va­ri­ety of sit­u­a­tions, you can wean her off the treats and only use praise.

Don’t ask your pet to do mul­ti­ple com­mands be­fore re­ward­ing her, or you will end up with a cir­cus an­i­mal.

‘Sit’ means bot­tom on the ground. ‘Drop’ means lie down. ‘Roll over’ means… well, roll over! If you ask her to do all of th­ese com­mands straight af­ter each other, and then only re­ward her at the end, this is what she will be­gin to do ev­ery time you ask her to sit.

Don’t be tempted to re­ward half-hearted at­tempts. If you don’t have your pet’s full at­ten­tion, and she’s only do­ing things half way, take a break and try again in half an hour.

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