8. Positive reinforcement

Dog Obedience Positive Reinforcement

This is a technique that requires the owner to keep a very close eye on the dog. When the dog does something unacceptable, the owner immediately says “No!” Or “Bad!”, to let the dog know that what it is doing in that moment is not desirable. Then give the dog a chew toy. While the dog is chewing his toy the owner uses positive reinforcement like a belly rub, praise or a treat, and this lets the dog know that its current behavior is acceptable. This also distracts the dog from that unwanted behavior – which leads me to my next point.