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Motivating Your Dog Requires the Right Reinforcement

By Veronica Rigatti, VSA-CDT, Canine Behavior Specialist

When using positive reinforcement training, you reward your dog for doing a behavior that you like or want. In turn, that good behavior will likely repeat itself. But you need to make sure you are using a reward that is motivating and reinforcing to your dog!

You can use food, toys, play, petting or even your attention to reinforce a behavior. Each dog is an individual, so what motivates them is going to be individualized as well. For most dogs, their number one motivator is food. However, some dogs value toys or petting more.