One of my most important (and successful!!) training philosophies is to reward all good behavior!
The more you reward your dog's GOOD behavior, the less you will see "BAD" (or unwanted) behavior. It really works!
Praise, food, and fun is how I reward. And lots of it! Think of it as earning paychecks
For me, I personally short my dog's two daily meals depending on what we work on that day so they don't get overweight. Then they can EARN lots of healthy treats and food during the day as they learn great behavior.
1)When out walking if my pup looks at me to check in, yup, I reward!
2)Pup lays down on her own when I am talking to someone--Pay!
3)Pup goes to her crate -pay!
4)Pup comes when I call her -Pay!
5)Pup sits after her meal and looks at me rather than staring at kitty as kitty eats -Pay!
6)Pup lets me clip her nails-Pay!
7)Bathtime? Jackpot pay!!! Tons of high value food, massage and gentle calming praise.
8)Sparky allows me to give him med drops in mouth?? (not his favorite thing yet... but getting there. Pay! Cheese and homemade chicken
9)Puma and Sparky take a play break when getting too rowdy.. I call "BREAK!" they instantly stop and plop... Pay!
10) Hyper or nervous dog that can't relax? Practice going places, plop down, relax and pay!!
11) Puma politely sits to meet someone, not jump up to greet. Pay!
12) Gracie lays at my feet at the bank while I do my banking. Pay!
And the list goes on.... until all not-so hot behaviors are replaced by beautiful well mannered behavior! Everyone's happy with this method
Try it---it works!!!!!!!!!!