It’s always worth remembering the fundamentals, whether you’re training a puppy or an older dog, teaching something new or problem solving an unwanted behaviour the same fundamentals will ALWAYS hold true.

Your dog only does 2 things.

1. Tries to get things he likes
2. Tries to avoid things he doesn’t like

I could go on and on and on about this with 100 examples but every dog is different and the things that one dog likes or doesn’t like is not the same for the next dog.

You need to learn about YOUR dog and know what things they like and don’t like in order to make this work for you.

Think about whether you’re trying to build a new behaviour or eradicate an old unwanted behaviour.

Then you will make a choice in response to his behaviour to either offer something he likes or something he doesn’t like.

The more he gets to access things he likes, the MORE likely he is to offer that behaviour in future.

The more often he is offered something he doesn’t like, the LESS likely he is to offer that behaviour in future.

These are The Fundamentals. Of course, it gets more advanced from here 😉