How To Motivate Your Dog

How to Motivate Your Dog By Go Anywhere Dog

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How to motivate your dog for effective dog training, by Dog Expert, Jody Karow CTC, Founder of Go Anywhere Dog. Servicing Minneapolis, Edina, Richfield, Bloomington, Eden Prairie and Hopkins.
Dog Training Expert, Jody Karow CTC, explains how to motivate your dog to learn all the behaviors that will make life better together.
 
Having a hard time keeping your pup’s attention while you’re doing a training session? You need all the tools in how to motivate your dog. You’ve probably got one of these two problems!
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1. Your rate of reinforcement is too low. What does that mean? It means that you aren’t rewarding your dog often enough! If your dog is waiting for long periods of time between rewards, he may get bored and decide that doing so much work isn’t worth it anymore. We can’t blame ’em!
 
Fix this problem by training faster. The more “reps” you can do, the faster your pup gets paid. If you can’t move any faster because your dog is slow, drop down to an easier level or sprinkle in some easy tasks to get the treats flowing again. THEN you can go back and ask for the more challenging behavior again. If your dog is constantly winning, he’s not going to wanna stop training with you!
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2. Your treats suck. Would you do your job for half the salary? 😳 Probably not! Your dog isn’t stupid, and he doesn’t want to work for rewards that he feels aren’t worthy of his effort. Some dogs will enthusiastically work for kibble, while other dogs are only motivated by the creme de la creme. If your rewards or treats aren’t motivating, there ain’t gonna be a lot of learning happening!
 
Fix this problem by tailoring your rewards to each training session. If you’re asking for a deep focus on a difficult task, bring out the top tier treats! If you’re training in your living room and your pup has nothing better to do, he might do just fine working for kibble.
 

Your pup may work for toys, or he may not. Know your dog, and don’t hesitate to “upgrade” your rewards if your dog isn’t enthusiastic. Find what motivates your dog, and use it! 🐕🥩🤤

 
Dial into the Goldilocks Zone with Dog Training Expert, Jody Karow CTC. Go ANywhere Dog services Minneapolis, Edina, Richfield, Bloomington, Minnetonka, Eden Prairie and Hopkins.

Dialing into the Goldilocks Zone is your sure-fire path in how to motivate your dog.

When teaching new behaviors, we want you to channel your inner Goldilocks to find that perfect rate of reinforcement – not too light, not too heavy… jussst right!

Aim for 10-12 reinforcements per minute during early learning of new behaviors to avoid frustration. Dogs are like kids: when the game gets too hard, they quit! By keeping your rate around 10-12 rewards per minute or once every 5-6 seconds, the game is still fun for your pup and you can power through lots of learning in a short amount of time.
 
If Fido starts to struggle and that rate of reinforcement dips too low, be sure to drop back to an easier step to get back into that perfect Goldilocks zone. We know it feels frustrating to go backwards a step in training, but after a few of those easier reps your dog is usually ready to bump back up to their previously frustrating level with renewed enthusiasm.
 
The next time you’re training, we encourage you to think hard about your rate of reinforcement… Are YOU training in the Goldilocks zone? We (and your dog!) sure hope so!
 
Join us and learn so much more, as we have so much we want to teach you.  The Go Anywhere Dog Puppy & Me Classes are held in South Minneapolis and are filled with loads of fun for both humans and dogs.
Jody Karow

Jody Karow

I've been on a mission to decode how the dogs we love see the world and what really gets them motivated so that we can transform the way we train them. Now I want to teach this to you! Join me in revolutionizing dog training. A fresh new approach for the 21st Century urban or suburban lifestyle. I’ve enjoyed my work as training and behavior consultant for Safe Hands Rescue and resident dog expert for PetChatz. I founded a state of the art dog daycare, serving over 2,000 dogs and their guardians. I now continue to consult with dog daycares nationwide on how to enrich environments for the dogs in their care while using effective rewards and motivators to improve behavior. I’m also a very proud graduate and a certified trainer through the Academy for Dog Trainers, the world’s best dog behavior and training program taught by Jean Donaldson. I've wholeheartedly dedicated my life to helping people and dogs live amazing lives together. Passion, Education & Experience. Join me, I'd love to teach you what I've learned.

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