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February 25, 2013

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Degrees of Aversives

Degrees of Aversives

Michael Ellis discusses the complexity of different degrees of aversives and their effects on behavior. He also discusses how training has progressed from pure escape and avoidance to purely reward based, and now finally understanding how the two styles of training can be used to effectively train your dog.

February 25, 2013   |   2 Minutes, 26 Seconds

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Question: Can you give me some tips on how to get my dog to lay down faster?


Can you give me some advice on how to get a faster 'down'? When I ask my dog to down, he is willing but always goes down really slowly. Do you have any tips to make it a bit snappier? He is a 16 month old Malinois with low/medium drive for the breed.


Cindy's Response:

It’s all a matter of motivation. If you find what motivates your dog, then you can get speed because he knows the faster he does what you ask, the faster he gets his reward.

Even a lower drive dog can be motivated more by using rewards dynamically. The key to using food and toys to get the most out of your dog is covered in these 3 very detailed videos.

The Power of Training Dogs with Food
The Power of Playing Tug with your Dog
Advanced Concepts in Motivation

Cindy Rhodes

For more questions on this topic, see our Q&A on Basic Obedience.

We get a number of Q&As every week, if you would like to read this week's Q&As, click here and check out the 'Recent Questions' section!

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I give you kudos and thanks for your continued patience as you try to inform people about dogs. It must be very frustrating. I'm an Emergency and ICU RN treating MANY dog bites, mostly children. The community I work in is especially fond of Pit Bulls which are not "bad dogs" but they do need training and the damage they can inflict is particularly devastating. All the parents say the same thing, "He's never done this before." Just guarded food. Growls and snaps. Refuses to obey. Jumps on people. Etc. Really? And you think this is acceptable behavior? Mandatory OWNER training should be required before getting a dog. Again thanks much

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