How To Use Reward Markers

Reward Marker Dog Training

A consistent communication language is essential for you and our dog.  One way to do this and create consistency in communication with your dog is a a Reward Marker.

Using reward markers that will clearly identify the accurate performance of a command (Goood -- a little drawn out and positive) and an error in missing command or to stop a bad behavior (No -- short and crisp). I also add a "That's better" to acknowledge accuracy after a no -- meaning you don't get a great mark for having to repeat or be corrected.

If you are using food reward in your training, pair it with the "Good" Reward Marker.     Some people call "No" a Non-reward marker (NRM) as no food should be paired with "No" or delivered when an error is made.

You can also come up with a motivational encouragement that helps the dog know he's on the right path when trying to learn something new. I use -- "that's it".

Make sure your makers are tonally consistent every time you use them and that they are not emotionally charged. No -- doesn't need to be harsh & intimidating, Good doesn't have to be over exuberant. They are just markers to communicate something to your dog.

Save the big praise until you have released your dog from command or a series of commands.

Dana Brigman