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Coton Connection, Issue #041 - More Help with Training
February 25, 2014
|Welcome Coton Lovers:
First of all, I hope everyone in the colder parts of the world is doing well and keeping safe and warm. Hang in there, Spring isn't too far off.
After doing this site for several years, there are some questions that come up much more than others. Barking, separation anxiety, help for the Coton coat, and what to feed our dogs are definitely the most common concerns. I think there's enough information on the web site to address these questions.
I thought I'd share two of the more common questions I get about general training methods.
1. Should you use reward treats to train your dog?
Many of you know that I’m a big fan of Doggy Dan's training because his approach is very common sense and 100% humane; he loves dogs and it shows. Here are some things I learned from him about using treats as rewards when
First of all, there’s the question of whether to use food at all when training your dog. There is one school of thought that says if you use food for training, your dog will only respond to you if you have food. According to Doggy Dan, this just isn’t true. He suggests gradually phasing the food out after your dog has learned the command.
Basically, you just start giving the food treat from inside your hand so they can’t see it. Then slowly start to reward only every 2nd and then every 3rd time. Eventually, space out the treats so they become very random.
I would much rather teach my dog to respond with food than with fear or force. But if your dog is a finicky eater like many Cotons, you may have to experiment to find a treat that will motivate your dog. Even picky eaters will love some type of food.
Here are some tips that Doggy Dan recommends to ensure successful training with treats:
2. How to get your dog to walk properly on a leash
Almost all dogs love to go for a walk – there’s just so much to do, see, and smell. But what do you do when your Coton gets so excited that he/she starts barking or pulling on the leash? It’s not only embarrassing, but it can also be dangerous at times if things get out of control.
If you need help on ways to calm your dog please check out the Doggy Dan site while it's still only $1.00. He has very helpful videos to help you through.
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