There is a right way to praise your dog. When your dog has performed a command or action that you think should be rewarded, praise him. Now, if you were to jump up and down excitedly clapping your hands and using a high pitched squeaky voice, your dog is going to get really excited and move off (most likely up at you or away from the crazy squeaky human). Your dog starts zooming around causing havoc because he was just given a signal to do this.
The correct way to praise a dog is with a soft, calm voice – try using a simple “yes”. You can smile at your dog because you are very pleased with his actions. If you are the touchy type of person, give him one pat (yes, one). He is going to work harder for your praise if he’s not given it freely.
It is okay to use treats here and there if your dog is not mugging you for them each and every time he does something you are happy about. Space them out so that he is not receiving food each time he gives you an action.
We can end up force feeding our foster dogs with an abundance of hot dog pieces, squeaks, claps, and all sorts of actions that our dogs do not understand – we are, after all, only human . Dogs like calm praise – it builds up their confidence in you. Praise them for a job well done, praise them often. After all, they are working hard for you.