Dog Training with Positive Reinforcement: How to Train a Dog

Hi. I’m Adrena Wilhelm from Canine
Companions for independence. Today, we’re going to learn how to
train your dog using treats. Rewards work better than punishment
when you’re training, because the reward makes them more likely
to repeat the behavior. Positive reinforcement is one of your
most powerful tools for shaping or changing your dog’s behavior. So the first thing you’ll need
are some treats like these. The best dog training treats are small
and something your dog really enjoys. Keep in mind that treats should only
account for a small portion of your dog’s diet. Too many treats may lead to obesity
in dogs and other health problems. Correct timing is essential when
using positive reinforcement. The reward must occur immediately within
seconds, or your pet may not associate the proper action. For example, if you have your dog sit
but reward him after he stood back up, he may think that he’s being
rewarded for standing up. Dogs don’t understand sentences. Daisy, I want you to be a good girl and
sit for me now will likely earn you a blank stare. Keep command short and uncomplicated. The most commonly used commands are sit,
stay, down, which means lie down, off, which means get off of me or get
off of the furniture, stand, come, heel, which means walk close
to my side, and leave it. Every one in the family should use the
same commands, otherwise, your dog may be confused. It might help to post a list of commands
where everyone can become familiar with them. Consistency also means rewarding the
desired behavior and never rewarding the undesired behavior. Positive reinforcement is great for
teaching your dog commands. It’s also a good way to reinforce
good behavior. You may have your dog sit before letting
him out the door to prevent door darting, before petting him to
prevent jumping on people, and before feeding him to teach good
meal-time manners. Give him a pat or a good dog for lying
quietly at your feet or slip a treat into his toy when he’s chewing
on that instead of your shoe. Be careful that you don’t use
positive reinforcement to reward unwanted behaviors. For example, if you let your dog outside
every time he hears a noise in the neighborhood, you’re giving him
a reward, access to the yard for a behavior you want to discourage. Treats are a great way to provide
positive reinforcement to the good behavior you want to
see from your dog. Be sure to talk to your vet and trainer
before you get started. Now let’s recap. Rewards work better than punishment
when training. Timing is everything. Reward immediately after
a proper action. Keep your command short and sweet. Be consistent with commands
and rewarding. And lastly, use treats to
reinforce good behavior. On behalf of Iams, I’m Adrena
Wilhelm for Howdini. For more information and offers,
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for training with treats? Be sure and let us know in the
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63 Responses

  1. Jenzarit Luna says:

    hi i just got a new puppy and m trying to train her but the problem is that i speak both english and spanish and i would like to teach her in english but sometimes she stay at my aunts house and she can speak only spanish and a little bit of english…what should i do?????? also how can i find the right food,treats,and toys for my puppy? plz answer

  2. Jenzarit Luna says:

    also can u plz tell me how i can teach my puppy its name?

  3. pixipink55 says:

    How can I train my husband? He took our puppy to training, but does not use the training…

  4. Howdini says:

    Consistency is always best but in you situation you can only do what you can do. As long as you remain consistent w/ what YOU do…that should work out. You puppy will have her own taste in the food/ treats, and toys. She may like the soft moist treats. She may like the rubber squeeky type toy or she may like just an old sock tied in a knot. Unfortunately there in no ONE for all solution…that is why the pet toy isle seen unending and overwhelming. Sorry I could not be more helpful. ๐Ÿ™

  5. Howdini says:

    Just keep repeating in a certain tone. Over time she will know it. good for you for trying to do your research with your new puppy.

  6. Howdini says:

    Oh that is tough. If you are both not being consistent it will more than likely take a bit longer. Your puppy will be confused by getting mixed signals. You really need to be a team. (as well as with any other member of your home ie. kids) Good luck! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Howdini says:

    Thanks for all the comments! We've launched a great new animal lover playlist that can help with a lot of other puppy training questions. Check it out!

  8. Mayra Torres says:

    Hi I have a 7month Maltipoo and I would like some help on training him to wear doggy clothes. He is ok with wearing a t shirt, but he freezes when he is wearing a jumpsuit, shorts, pj basically anything that is rapped around his legs. Please help. A training video for this would be awesome.

  9. Howdini says:

    Thanks for the suggestion on the video! However, I can honestly say that I have never had that request before. Have you been try to have him wear these clothes for a while? Or did you just try once or twice? I'm pretty sure that he would get used to wearing the clothes after a while. Esp. if you leave them on all day and all night for several days in a row.

  10. Mitch says:

    I want a dog

  11. Howdini says:

    Totally know what you mean! It is good that you are doing research and getting knowledge so you will know what you are in for if you decided to jump in a get one! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Howdini says:

    Just a tiny bit with each skill he/she preforms. If you have larger treats either tear or break into smaller pieces. It is a "treat/reward" not a meal. HTH! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Rachel Burns says:

    Giving to many treats doesn't lead to cancer does it??

  14. Rachel Burns says:

    We had to put our dog down from colitis (which was probs from cancer coz she had lumps and a rash) and she cot a good amount of sweets (she was fat! ) ๐Ÿ™

  15. Howdini says:

    We are so sorry for you loss. It is so difficult to loose a furbaby! So animals (and people) are just predispositioned because of genetics for cancer. Don't think your will ever know exactly what caused the cancer in your dog. So sorry again.

  16. Rachel Burns says:

    Oh ok thank you

  17. toofancyyxo says:

    could i be able to train an older dog?

  18. Howdini says:

    ABSOLUTELY! It just might take longer. Be Patient and understand that it is not his/her fault if they were not trained as puppies.

  19. Long ฤแบกt Trแบงn says:

    awsome video! ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Howdini says:

    Thanks for watching! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  21. svga free jams says:

    I'm going to have a dog this year or something. So I'm going to watch all the dog videos.:D

  22. Howdini says:

    "Good for you for learning as much as you can before committing to a "forever friend!" ๐Ÿ˜‰

  23. Star Palmer says:

    I'm watching every video in this playlist, because I'm finally getting my puppy today!

  24. Howdini says:

    Oh how exciting! What kind are yo getting? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  25. Star Palmer says:

    @Howdiniguru hopefully a little pug puppy! ๐Ÿ˜€

  26. Howdini says:

    OMG!!! So jealous!!! Have been wanting a pug for a long time! Do you know if you are getting a boy or girl?

  27. Star Palmer says:

    @HowdiniGuru I don't but either way its super exciting! (:

  28. Howdini says:

    You bet! You will have to let us know if your have totally fallen head over heels in LOVE later today! ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. FRAGGARED says:

    Get from europuppy I live in the gulf and I got my cavalier king Charles spaniel from there

  30. Howdini says:

    That is a really hard question to answers. It really all depends on what your are wanting (or not wanting.)

  31. Kornuitje says:

    Hi, I just got a Boerboel (or South African mastiff) puppy. He is only 8 weeks old now and I was wondering when I should start to train him ๐Ÿ™‚ !

  32. Howdini says:

    He is probably old enough to start with the basics. His is young so be patient and have frequent short sessions. He will get BIG fast so don't wait too long.

  33. Dominic Schroeder says:

    I too have a Boerboel. I used negative reinforcement for the past three years and now i have some real problems. It took a bad experience to realize I need a change in training methods. Good Luck and I recommend using positive reinforcement.

  34. Kelly says:

    Did anyone notice the heart in the trees at 2:00

  35. Dream1223 says:

    i just got a shorkie(or shih tzuyorkie mix) she is 7 weeks old when could i start training her

  36. Howdini says:

    Congrats! Give her a week or so to get used to her new family and home and then you can start slowly. Puppies sleep a lot so be patient. ๐Ÿ™‚

  37. Anbu says:

    I have a GD and he is 6 months old now, he goes on to play with anyone on the street.
    Will he be the same in future or will he learn to behave and stay calm ?

  38. Sonic 7 says:

    How to stop puppy from biting leash?

  39. Daniela Goncalves says:

    hi im getting a yorkiepoo poddle mixed with yorkie and i tring to train him to train him with treats and this helped thank u

  40. Howdini says:

    Because of his size and his age he really need to be buckled down with in training. They are the most wonderful of breeds but they are not that way by accident. They have to be trained. He is a little behind the ball but you can get him caught up pretty quickly.

  41. Howdini says:

    Hold the leash up high w/out any lag. Keep it tight and close to you. Do not use a retractable leash for walking purposed until fully trained.

  42. Howdini says:

    Awww! He must be adorable! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  43. Howdini says:

    She is the perfect age to start training! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  44. PerJam says:

    he is so cute!

  45. Ryan Taylor says:

    Could you please do a video with a dog that has not been trained yet please and thank you

  46. Josephine Boateng says:

    how do i give basis training with a dog of either Alaska Malamute,Border collie,Tibetan mastiff,Great dane,Golden retriever with one is the beter option

  47. victor rondon says:

    Hi im getting a Beagle and I don't know when to start training a Beagle please help

  48. Protection Dog Vlog says:

    "Too many treats may lead to obesity." She didn't say anything about chicken fingers at the Arby's drive-thru ๐Ÿ™‚

  49. Protection Dog Vlog says:

    Hey there Victor, start immediately! Always decide on & enforce household rules you'll want your pup (I assume?) to abide by as an adult, otherwise, suddenly springing unfamiliar expectations on him isn't too fair (or effective, for most). Remember training is a game you play with your dog, not something you do TO them. The more happy, energetic, & CONSISTENT you are with training and rules, the faster & more consistently your little guy will respond to you.

  50. Protection Dog Vlog says:

    Usually, this is due to your dog knowing he doesn't HAVE to (haha). The trick to good training is figuring out how to make your dog WANT to do what you ask (i.e. follow up the completion of a command with something good, like going outside, or exciting play). Realistically though, even for trainers, there will be times when the dog would rather do something else. This is where being the parent/leader in your dog's eyes is imperative. My recommendation would be work on that first and foremost.

  51. Shonette says:

    hello i have a mix breed dog Dachshund & tibetan terrier, he's just over 9 months now and have no training, he's a house dog… i'm desperately in need of help

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  53. Extreme Bread says:

    When It was listing the comments and said "sit" my dog slammed his butt to the floor and waited for his treat XD

  54. Lacey Anderson says:

    To make my dog lay down we put one of our hands up

  55. Alan Black says:

    im getting a dog

  56. Zaoldyeck _1999 says:

    Very helpful!

  57. Mindaugas Minde says:

    hhhhg70 :-> tghhh


  58. kayla meyerr says:

    Is it better to train your dog on a leash or no?

  59. MakeWayForCJ says:

    This dog is probably SUPER fat by now! LOL! Still, I like the tip on keeping commands short and getting everyone in the household to use the same commands. I'm not so sure about snack training without their being an intention of transferring his/her trigger to obey to another source. For instance, using a clicker or a certain tone of voice when issuing the command then handing her/him a snack is fine but eventually the trainer has to start phasing out the snack and transferring his/her willingness to heed away from the snack and onto the clicker or even better, the command being issued in a certain tone of voice only. Otherwise, this dog is going to eventually stop obeying, won't obey fast enough or will become a rolly polly!

  60. Raibert McGregor says:

    If you use treats at some point you run out and this can stress your dog and actually make the dog unlearn the behavior. You can save a lot of money in a year/dogs life time by using praise and petting them. You always have that available.

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