Are you spoiling your dog?

Bernese Mountain Dog on the bed

I certainly am. For example, I let my dog on the bed in the morning.

I can do that because Bono knows “off the couch” and “on the couch”. I taught him since he was little that getting off the couch when I say so means good news.

It was easy. I simply told him, “Bono, off the couch!” and immediately dropped a treat on the ground. He got off to eat it, we repeated the process several times and eventually I didn’t even have to use a treat.

I still reward him from time to time for getting off the couch when I say so. This way he gets a variable reinforcement, which keeps the behavior from extinguishing.

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