Any behavior your dog acts out must have a consequence within 1.3 seconds in order for your dog to associate their behavior with the consequence, whether positive or negative. After consistent training, when you mark “good,” your dog will keep doing what they’re doing until they get a reward, and when you mark “no,” your dog will stop in their tracks because they’re expecting a correction.
Positive motivation and rewards are anything your dog likes. Rewards must be physical, since praising your dog is not enough. However, a small treat or petting your dog can go a long way. Negative motivation is something you dog doesn’t like. Trainers call the delivery of negative stimulation a “correction” from an approved training collar.
Consistency is the key ingredient to clean communication between you and your dog. That means promptly reacting the same way every time to any significant behavior your dog acts out. Rules must be black and white for your dog. If you are inconsistent, your dog will test the rules more often to try and figure out when they can and can’t get away with things.
Miranda Genetti graduated first and top of her class at the Tom Rose School for professional dog trainers. She was previously in the dog arena doing conformation, rally, obedience, and agility. She has been seen before on TV for the Purina National Championship with her own dogs.