Motivating your dog- article of the week

Lately I’ve been seeing this article mentioned everywhere. A recent study indicates that dogs prefer petting over praise and that praise needs to be coupled with a primary reinforcer to be most effective. BARK magazine discusses the article here. In addition, here is the pubmed citation for those of you who wish to find the source. What is your dog’s favorite motivator? What is your favorite motivator? It may seem silly to ask what motivates you but behaviorist Patricia McConnell once commented that handlers should reward themselves for training correctly. So I figure why are we always rewarding the dog but never the handler… go ahead and give yourself that cookie for a job well done.

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