SideKick Dog Training
When I describe positive reinforcement to someone who isn't familiar, I like to describe a scenario in terms that we humans always understand: money!
I ask them, "What if I gave you a $100 bill just for sitting in that chair?" The answer is usually that they'd be sitting in that chair a whole lot to get paid a whole bunch. The more you get paid for sitting in a chair, the more you're going to sit in that chair. Sure, you might try sitting in other chairs or try the couch or a stool to see what you get paid; but, if you only get the highest payments in that one chair, you're going to keep coming back to it. It's the same with our SideKicks! If they're being paid for, say, sitting with their butt touching the floor, that's what they're going to do a lot to get paid a lot.
It's important to pay your SideKick a lot for the behaviors you like to see, but it's also important to make sure you're paying them with things they want/love! Find your SideKick's $100 bill in a variety of situations! It could be a tennis ball, tug rope, cheese, boiled chicken, belly scratches, chest rubs, baby voice, crunchy leaves - you name it. If your dog likes something, we can use that as payment to see a lot more of what we like to see!