To become well-balanced and pleasant when you educate your puppy, your puppy should receive from his youngest age basic education. The objective of this learning is to control your dog in all circumstances and to establish a harmonious relationship.



Training a dog using the positive method always requires a little bit of reflection. What is the expected behavior? How can I get my dog to do what I expect him to do? What is the gestural and then verbal command that he needs to use? How to reinforce the behavior? For each, you need to ask yourself these questions and plan for a learning experience. a training plan that always follows these same principles: initiate, obtain and reward behavior.


Traditionally, it is customary to associate the control word with action from the beginning of learning. In the method proposed here, the command word will only be proposed that when the behavior is considered as a given. The behavior is taken for granted. as taken for granted when successful four times out of five.

Deferring the teaching of the verbal order avoids associating it with an action incorrect and imperfect as is often the case at the beginning. It is particularly true if you are planning to do any future obedience competition where the rigor is to or to do a specific job only with your dog (agility, hunting, or ring).

During the learning phase, the verbal is initially stated AT THE END of  the action requested to obtain an association that will be correctly stored (example: for the “Sitting” when the dog is seated properly). When the dog progresses in the execution of the requested behavior.

The technique of the positive method

For all method-based learning positive the technique followed is the same:

First step: obtain the action by an inducement or a decoy.

second step: Reward the Action systematically at each repetitionat the beginning of learning. If you have used a decoy, start the delete.

Third step: associate the word of commands once the behavior learned.

The order is pronounced earlier an10d becomes a command capable of initiating the behavior required. The verbal command becomes active and the gesture command will fade or even disappear.

The gestures or incentives initially used to get the behavior must be deleted or modified very quickly as soon as the order is placed. Verbal is introduced. For example, if you have used hand movement towards the “Lying”, delete it and stay at the bottom. Perfectly still or try to get the same thing by turning your back to the dog or by crouching down. Or switch to a nod.

 When you start using voice commands, never repeat order. Make sure of course that your dog has heard you: wait until he hears you. Be attentive and let him look at you for himself to give the order. Wait for the time necessary for it to run … which can take some time. If you have at the same time presented a treat or a toy to motivate him and that he does not obey after 10 to 15 seconds, conceal it from view. reward behind your back (negative punishment). This gesture should encourage him to think about it. to what you expect from him and to propose action. If it corresponds to your expectations, warmly congratulate him and give him his reward (treat, short game phase, etc.). Repeat the exercise five times.



When the requested action is understood, be very strict about what you want to obtain and reward only actions perfectly successful. For bedtime, for example, decide to reward only that the quick and complete bedtime, the dog being well placed on the floor. Otherwise, you run the risk of taking a slow stand and incomplete. In everyday life, it’s not necessarily a drama, but if you are aiming for perfection in preparation for tests you may have to clear the way for your puppy of a bad habit if you have dizzyingly rewarded attitudes messy. Might as well aim for perfection right away!

Think carefully about what you are waiting for as an action or as a sequence and challenge your goals in a way that is both very precise: for example, for recall, do you simply want your dog to return to your field of vision? Would you prefer it to be closer so you can be sure that you will be able to retrieve it? Or do you require him that he returns to the foot in a position (sitting in front of you or at your desk sides) so that you can give him/her the leash? In obedience competitions, you will have no choice. The recall is a sequence of Perfectly challenging denial that calls for speed and perfect positioning.

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