Whether we’re talking about high-performance working dogs or enjoyable pets, there are certain common factors shared by healthy, well-behaved dogs. Here are seven of them.
1) Their person is the most interesting thing in the world.
2) They know how to control their own emotional state.
3) They have basic obedience skills.
4) They have a daily routine.
In the context of dog training, the difference between a bribe and a reward is that with a bribe, the payment comes before the behavior, with a reward, the payment comes after the behavior. With a certain amount of levity I have elsewhere suggested that we don’t bribe dogs for the same reason we don’t bribe people – because then they own you. On a more serious note, bribing a dog as a management technique can have genuinely terrible consequences.