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Misty Blue and Pachee playing a little friendly game of tug-o-war. They are ham bones and when Mom gets the camera out they always stop whatever they are doing and pose. Misty is 3 and Pachee is 10 months in this picture.

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Excerpt #20

How to Set Up Your Behavior Marker

Whether you're using a clicker or your own voice, setting up a marker is easy. Let's assume for the time being that you'll be using your voice. Here's how you do it:

  1. Grab some treats.

  2. Give the dog a treat, and saying your marker word as you do so. Give lots of praise too, in the form of petting and hugs.

  3. Rinse and repeat, until the dog knows the word is associated with getting a treat (you'll know because she'll get excited when you say the word, even if you have nothing in your hands).

It's that simple. All we're trying to do here is make a connection in our dog's brain between our marker word (or click) and a positive reward.
Remember, giving your own praise is important here too. If you only give your dog praise without giving positive attention, she'll become a treat addict – she'll only do what you tell her when she can see you have a treat in your hand. This is a problem you want to avoid to make sure obedience is consistent in every situation.

Next time: Creating a Release Word and Treat Timing

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I have found that when you are deeply troubled, there are things you get from the silent devoted companionship of a dog that you can get from no other source.

~ Doris Day




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