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Three Affections

  • Eye Contact
  • Verbal Communication
  • Physical Touch

What are Levels of Pressure vs. Levels of Incentive?

Levels of pressure are a way for us (owners/handlers) to work for achieving a desired behavior by removing our three affections.  Levels of incentive are a way for us (owners/handlers) to offer reward for achieving a desired behavior by implementing our three affections.  When we freely offer our three affections to our canine partners, we ultimately train dogs to not work for our three affections. From our observations, this is one of the biggest reasons that most dog owners/handlers in the city have no vocal control.

Levels of Incentive

  • Level 1: Verbal Request to dog (Do not repeat a cue)  
  • Level 2: Offering welcoming body language  
  • Level 3: Use of tool (example: high priority lamb lung and low priority sweet potato)  
  • Level 4: Repeat levels 1 and 2. If unwanted behavior does not stop, move into levels of pressure starting with level 2

Levels of Pressure

  • Level 1: Verbal Request to dog (Do not repeat a cue)
  • Level 2: Change in body language/posture from owner (Now re-ask)
  • Level 3: Use of a tool starting with lowest possible pressure
  • Level 4: Repeat levels 2 and 3 and increase level 3 pressure
  • Level 5: Move on to a new tool