Motivation and Markers

Learning what motivates your dog and introduction of a
marker, for good choices.

A marker is something that tells your dog that they made the right choice. A
natural marker is delivering a food reward, but dogs do multiple things very
quickly and it’s easy to miss the exact point that we want to reinforce, so a
marker is used to pinpoint the choice.

Using a marker makes timing easier, because it helps us to mark the exact
choice we want to reinforce, with one single, known sound. The sound is
paired in your dog’s mind with his motivating reward. Then it has the
ultimate power for reinforcing choices to change them from awkward ones to
excellent ones.

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