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sweethearts
22nd October 2009, 03:18 AM
Learning how important treats are in training, I'm starting to see them pay off & understand how/why they're used. Living in a condo unit I have to take Mrs. Beasley down the elavator, down the driveway, and over to a grassy area to relieve herself. It's really not that far but to a young pup it probably seems like quite the distance. In my other training inside I use treats all the time. When we go out in a hurry I often forget them. ( I know, my bad lol) Well, in only the last 2 days I take them EVERY TIME we go potty. She gets rewarded. Tonight she did her buissiness and looked for her reward. She tinkeld, then poopie dooped. 2 seperate treats of course. For the first time ever, upon coming in she stopped herself before leaving the area & looked up at me not letting me take her any further. She sniffed around and went again! Normally she'd just do it as soon as we got back inside. She came to me for her treat but I didn't expect a 3rd time so I didn't have one. Aaww, I felt so guilty. I did reward her with lots of lovin' as I've read here that they consider that reward too. This may not seem like a big deal but it was MAJOR progress for us. Yeah! I think we're gonna make it after all lol. I want to say the treats definetly seem to be the biggest aid in training. I'm glad I'm learning so much here. PS I LOVE looking at all the pitures of everyone's little darlings.I can't imagine my life without a Cavalier now.

Karlin
22nd October 2009, 06:17 PM
That sounds great! :)

You do want to start alternating praise and treats so she doesn't always get treats. So don;t worry too much about sometimes not having anything with you. The thing is you know she is getting it now and is connecting pottying to the reward, which is what you want to see!

sweethearts
24th October 2009, 05:00 AM
Tonight when I was sitting on my balconey Mrs. Beasley came to the slightly opened door and barked a couple times with a slight play growl but didn't want to play. I thought she wanted to come out but it was drizzling a bit ( I have an awning) & didn't want to get her feet wet. She went back into the house. A couple minutes later I came in to find a poop (lol) in my hallway. Maybe she was barking to go outside. If so that would be a major progression for us. Hhmm... She's learning as I'm learning too. Together we're gonna get it. I love her so much.

waldor
24th October 2009, 02:15 PM
Maybe she was trying to tell you she needed to go out. With any puppy we have, whenever they approach us and act like they want or need something, even just by staring at us, I take them out. I want them to learn that they can train me this way, if they have to go.