Where you deliver the reinforcement for a behavior rewards the rep your dog just did, but it affects the next rep. We can use that to our advantage by thinking about where those rewards should come from depending on the skill you’re working on, the tendency of your dog, and the reward markers you have trained! We will be covering different ways to reward all sorts of skills: heeling, positions, recalls, signals, go outs, stays, etc. We will discuss how changing the placement of reward can help with accuracy, straightness, and preventing forward movement. Either food or toys can be used for rewards. During this workshop you will learn how to see your dog’s tendencies in these behaviors so that you can use the placement of your reward to affect the dog. You’ll learn all sorts of different ways that we can reward in order to get the effect we’re looking for! In order to get the most out of this workshop, it would be helpful for dogs to have a basic concept of short stays (platforms are fine), positions (sit and down), and very basic heeling skills. None of these skills need to be refined, but dogs should have been introduced to them.
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