Using Rewards Effectively




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By Ladies Working Dog Group
About Using Rewards Effectively

Using rewards in training creates a very powerful way of learning. A lot of research has shown that learning through rewards and positive reinforcement is the most effective method for long term success.

This masterclass will explore what rewards actually are. Reward-based training doesn’t mean dogs can do whatever they like, it just focuses on how you teach them to want to do what we’d like them to do, and how to reinforce their choices to create a well-trained and motivated dog.

What Our Members Thought:


All In All Just Brilliant

I had never heard of premak so that was very useful, I was worried that I am a walking treat dispenser so now I will be more careful to just use treats at appropriate times, it was good to learn about toys too, all in all just brilliant thank you.


Really Helpful and Encouraging

Really helpful and encouraging, thank you LWDG always enjoy learning from each master class.

Great to hear more about Rewards and how to use them effectively - my 2 labs live for them 🙂


Simple and Easy

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Our relationship is vital and praise should always be usedRewards can be from the handler (praise / food / toys)Rewards can also come from the environment or the ‘premak’ principle

Food is great for the basics – quick and easy for high repsReward the dog’s own choice - don’t want to constantly be telling them what to do!Can use food to encourage some movement as part of the rewardVideo Includes:Video: Demo using treats to get focus and speak about the importance of praiseDemo of using food to allow dog to snuffle in order to reinforce a stayDemo of using food to start a basic ‘stop’  

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Toys can be great to use for rewarding distance behaviourA ‘fun’ behaviour can be the reward for doing a more boring behaviourRetrieves can be rewarded with toys and playVideo Includes: Using a ball to reward a stopUsing a fun behaviour (hunting) to reinforce a more boring behaviour (heel work)Using toys to reward a retrieve  

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Not all rewards are reinforcingYour dog will be your best teacherBe creative

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About the Teacher

Ladies Working Dog Group

Featured Expert - Jay Elcock I have been a professional trainer since 2005. I started working with puppy classes and pet gundog classes and since 2007 have worked training assistance dogs for a national Charity.I now work with owners of pet gundogs through to people wanting to work their dogs or have a go at working tests. I am an instructor with The Gundog Club and support my students working through the scheme’s field tests. I am an accredited instructor with the Kennel Club and have a degree in animal biology.
I am a partner of Scurries Dog Training based in Buckinghamshire and am on the committee of the Vale and West Gundog Club - a club specifically based around force-free training and welcoming members from across the UK.
www.scurries.co.uk www.thegundogclub.co.uk

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