Self-motivation in the dog-what is it, how it works u. As used in training?

Hi, my question: What is self-motivation in the dog? How does it work? How do I use them specifically when training a and how do I promote it? I'm curious and grateful for your answers. :) LG

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Self-motivation (fachsprachlich intrinsic motivation called) all the things are the one of himself doing will ieeg rushing from the behavior circle of hunting, that would be a self-motivated.

What exactly does this mean for training:

Displays a dog hunting motivation as it is all so to train the one uses the most sense as a reinforcement for desired behavior functional amplifier. The example would be in a dog the footsteps pursues things that have to do with the nose, with eyes dogs it would be useful if things interprets the dog already sees before he smells at all, shows a dog strong interest in after rushing it makes sense with a work Sexy Angel or to let rushing after geschmissenen treats as you rush right 2 amplifier from the behavior circle of hunting with it and eat.

The whole can be very installed specifically for training, because it is proven to work more meaningful than positive reinforcement that has already Skinner noted and further there is to also further studies has been where tested, learn which dogs better and faster with which learning methodology.

The self-motivation can be used very well in training, for example, should immediately give a leash if this spans reinforce the dog, so I might as sniffing with a yield to the canvas.

However, the subject of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation is not in 2-3 sentences to explain, so much more complex than many imagine.

Furthermore, it is to say nonsense a dog should not play independently or can even win games, and these are things that the dog will then search independently and so we can not have a dog control order to prevent this, besides, I think not slave but a loyal companion and a faithful companion should also allows me to get his self-esteem / strengthen self-confidence, with uncertain or even fearful dogs is to allow even win these games highly recommended because by reaching goals and he learns through own power can create things and that's what gives dogs a lot of fun in the game.

is playing alone by no means the only motivation and when I stop playing it and he gets it possible only with me, then that is the way foreign motivated.

It should also be noted here that a dog plays with other dogs and I would stop then and this is nonsense, because good and in moderation "boisterous" games with other dogs should be allowed the dog.

Since there is no sole and almighty Alpha, there is no "master of a game", it is sad when people hold such settings.

Will a dog playing so I also back the option to enable this by letting him him previously run a little exercise, this should be respectively adapted to the learning level of the dog.

For example, want my dog ​​likes to play with other dogs with this, I stand at the very beginning of the training but already have a trained Umorientierungssignal I beschänke yes through the canvas the possibility that the dog reaches the other dog to play.

If the dog is at this stage not in a position I have to retool adapt the training and make minor successes into larger ones.

Ergo could in such cases already amplify an ear twitch in our direction with the hindürfen to another dog, the next step would then amplify a short twitch of the head in our direction, then a reorientation only his head and finally it is then at the turn of the entire body in our direction.

Am I building the whole so systematically and simultaneously offer the dog an alternative behavior, so I have the opportunity that my dog ​​can learn stress-free and will learn with joy and I will thus have no side effects, since even in the more remote sense without strafliche action working.


basically makes something a dog, because he for a "reward" gets, because this activity is associated positively (eg he hears, because he gets a treat or a Streichler - external motivation).

Now there are things in the life of a dog that a "pleasurable" experience bring by its mere exercise the dog - as playing, unfortunately hunting. Therefore, the dog will perform these activities keep trying, without the holder must ask him to reflect.

Because dogs love to play, the game offers very particularly to as a "reward" in the education. So if the dog during training was particularly attentive, has well worked - then a reward is to play. he listens to the command "come" immediately, then is played. Therefore, dogs should never free access to the toy have (at least not during the raising period): The statistics should be nothing of what the dog ever "have" can and what he decides alone. Only when the holder him this "enabling" and causes - then this will in the dog's eyes to "Idol" - (all now shown quite indiscriminately to someone who has the "authority" and the dog likes to follow - good dog -Erziehungsbücher declare that in all the subtleties).

And also because these hunting is a pleasurable experience for dogs, it is so difficult to stop them and control this unwanted behavior. I think that's the most difficult part of education - but be exactly need, so that the dog is no danger to others and for themselves.

Good succeed


Reply With all that has been given here completely disregards left the dogs have an instinct of when dogs can also be pronounced differently. Example hunting operation. Dogs that are trained to know before the training fitness test which are instincts strong or less strong. A dog with little or no play instinct will never be trained as a driving dog. Or as a guide dog. A dog is whimpering before fear can protect no yard or house. A pet puppy who already in their own puppy group goes on everything going on what moves the other hand is a good watch dog. Basically, a dog is a pack-animal in which there is a lead animal. Dogs especially rude are always in such a dominance conflict and try the command to take over. does not follow a trained dog a command and the halter is not immediately it is implemented, the command means to follow the dog for he needs no more details.

The innate playfulness is self-motivation in dogs for example. But the hunting instinct is one of them.

Date: 2019-07-14 Views: 2

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