SMART x 50 Dog Training Method | Pupford
November 29th, 2023
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SMART x 50 is an extremely simple and powerful dog training technique that will help you improve your dog's behavior.
This method "forces" you as the pup parent to capture and reward naturally occurring good behaviors.
The acronym of SMART stands for See, Mark, And, Reward, Training. SMART.
WHO CREATED THE SMART x 50 METHOD?
This training method originated from Kathy Sdao.
RECAP OF HOW TO DO THE SMART x 50 METHOD
Here is exactly how you can do the SMART x 50 dog training method.
STEP 1 - GET TREATS READY
Picking your treats: Because, you will be rewarding your dog 50 times, it really is important that your treats are low-calorie and high-value. Your dog has to actually want the treats you are offering them. Our treats are only very low calorie and come in a variety of flavors.
"The training treats are small, non-greasy, less than one calorie per piece, and have a ton in each bag, which is perfect for frequent rewards during training of tricks or behaviors. Puppies would be the classic kiddos to grab these for, but if you’re training any age dog, whether at classes or at home, these are the treats you need."
STEP 2 - SEE POSITIVE BEHAVIORS
Actively look for instances when your dog does something that you want them to do without asking.
Here are some examples:
- Laying down next to you while you watch TV
- when someone passes the window
- Sitting down instead of
- Going to their crate or bed on their own
Those are just ideas... the options are endless.
STEP 3 - MARK AND REWARD
When you see your dog doing one of those positive behaviors, mark and reward.
Then immediately give a treat.
STEP 4 - REPEAT 50x EACH DAY
Repeat steps two and three 50 times each day.
YUP, 50 times!
Hence, SMART x 50 😃
WHY YOU'LL LOVE SMART x 50
The amazing thing about this method is that it forces you to find the good things your dog is doing.
Too often we get hung up on all the "bad behaviors", naughtiness, etc. and we forget to reward the positive behaviors.
The bottom line is... What gets rewarded, gets repeated.
If you want your dog to lay calmly by your side, you'd better reward that when they do!!
Try this out and let us know your results in the comments below ⤵️