No matter how simple the word.
Words give meaning and are a reflection of our feelings and expectations.
This is especially important when we are helping another living being understand what we are trying to communicate.
Outdated training centered on discipline, demands and no room for error, the teacher uses commands.
Commands are dictatorial, one way and focused on doing the right thing always. If the dog makes the wrong choice, the dog is bad and there is no room for the pet parent’s role for teaching.
“Do x or else, you’ll be punished.”
Most often, dogs who experience this type of training are always motivated by avoiding punishment.
Avoiding a tug on the collar, avoiding a shock or pinch of a collar when the exact behavior is not performed.
Now, in reward based and Force Free training, the word of choice is cue.
Cue signals an ask and allows for your dogs to make choices.
If you dog is confused about what is being asked, now you as the pet parent must find a better way of communicating and objectively move at the dog’s pace.
Your dog is the learner in all circumstances and everyone involved in the dog’s life and experiences are his teachers.
Cues allow for a two way street of communicating and opens the door for your dog in becoming more reliable in the behaviors you’re wanting.
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