In order for Lhasa Apso training to be successful, positive rewards are required. Rewarding your dog for good behavior doesn’t only let him/her know that what they are doing is pleasing you, but it provides them with confidence. Rewarding and praise also makes your Lhasa feel happy and loved.
There are different ways you can reward your Lhasa during training. The following are the most common and practiced methods used:
Praise – Positive words, happy sounds, and plenty of petting is a great way to let your dog know that his/her behaviors please you. There are different levels of praise that you can provide your dog based on his/her performance, and how quick they respond to your command. For instance, the first few times your dog does a command correctly, you should praise him/her vigorously as if you’ve just been told the best news in the world.
Your dynamic praise not only lets your dog know that what he/she has done greatly pleases you, but it provides them with confidence and encouragement for training.
Treats – There isn’t a dog on earth that doesn’t love a tasty treat. Since this is the case, treats are an ideal reward for Lhasa Apso training. Treats can be anything from a commercial or homemade dog cookie, to regular dog food, or a special morsel of human food.
Despite what treats you reward your Lhasa with, make sure you only use a small piece, and only reward with a treat every so often. Treats are generally high in calories and usually have poor nutritional value. Therefore, you don’t want your reward for training to decease your dog’s health. Hence, be sure to mix plenty of praise in with your treat reward program for best results.
Playtime – All dogs love attention and love to play. Making playtime a Lhasa Apso training reward can be highly beneficial for not only their learning, but also for helping you bond closer with your dog. Playtime is a great reward to give your dog after a training session that has gone very well. This special attention you lavish on your Lhasa will let him/her know that you are very happy with them.
Most owners use a combination of the above three rewards in Lhasa Apso training to really let their dog known that they have pleased the owner with their good behavior.
Keep in mind that different types of reward stimulate different degrees of motivation. Therefore, although praise may be the best reward for one Lhasa, receiving a treat may be the superior method for another. Essentially, your goal, when training your dog, is to discover which reward(s) your dog is most responsive too and use this to your advantage. When you target the best reward method, you increase the chance of being successful in your Lhasa Apso training.