Learning how to “Mark” your dog’s behaviors
Marker training is simply the way you will mark a positive or a negative behavior with a
- Verbal Command Signal
- Action Response Signal
- Touch Response Signal
Example: If your dog jumps on furniture, and you say “No” this indicates that something is wrong. If you invited your dog to jump up onto the furniture, this will indicate something is right, however, if your dog jumps on your furniture without being invited and nothing happens, this is a mixed signal which in turn will not teach your dog a clear message.
Next, if your dog hears your voice signal, it will turn and watch your behavior response. If your behavior response is associated to your verbal response, then your dog will be able to link both together as valued communication.
Last, if your dog feels you grasping the leash to remove him/her off the furniture, then the dog will associate your communication completely, which in turn creates a language of learning.