Canine Learning Methods

Four Ways to Teach Your Dog


The luring technique necessitates handler to maneuver a delicacy around in such a way that this dog, as part of his efforts to obtain the treat, will give you the behaviour you are awaiting, or some version of it. You reward as or soon after the command was obeyed, depending on it could be a new behaviour or perhaps an established one. It is important to fade luring on any cue as soon as possible in order to avoid attachment to treats.

Excellent for sit, down, agility equipment, new positions. Can help with counter conditioning. May limit the amount of behaviours the dog becomes prepared to offer.


The modeling technique involves physically manipulating your new puppy in to the desired position. (e.g. Pressure for the back-end to encourage a down). If using modelling it is very important make sure you incorporate the luring technique concurrently, to prevent the training session being negative, repetitive and boring for the dog.

Useful for reinforcing positions, helping our dog ‘catch on’ to a new command. Commands such a let it rest, stop and grow find this process particularly useful.


The capturing way is used when your pet provides the desired behaviour in their finished form (or near it) without cues on its own (e.g. Laying down. All dogs lie down eventually). You must click/mark and reward. This method requires a long time, but after a while you will have dependable behaviour that you could begin to wear cue.

Excellent for bow, yawning, pre-offered positions and/or behaviours, potty training, ‘settle’


In shaping, you click for small approximations with the eventual desired behaviour. When the “small approximation” has offered, handler must improve the criteria and commence trying to find something one step nearer to resembling the eventual behaviour. Over time and many repetitions with increasing expectations you may eventually have shaped the behaviour in to the fnished product. With the shaping method, you are going to see most definite symptoms of thinking of processing.

Excellent for all tricks, through the simplest (sit), to something as complicated as fetching a beer from the fridge, service work, go to bed/crate

With time, patience, consistency and the knowledge given in this short article, you now have the various tools to teach your pet any command – no matter their experience or prior knowledge.