Training a dog isn’t always about using food. Often, dogs are motivated just to play! If you can use play to your advantage, play can be a huge reinforcer for dogs and a very effective way to train and maintain obedience and manners.
In this video, I am using a tennis ball to reinforce Bali, a french bulldog, every time she makes contact with the place and settles (doesn’t move around to much) for even a few seconds. Since she is new at this command, I am not requiring she do a sit, or a stand, or a down. I am just requiring she hit he platform before I release her to chase the ball.
I narrate in the video the important of not allowing your dog to “self reinforce” while training with a ball or a toy.
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