Do remember actively teaching your dog to come running when you open up a plastic baggie? Nope! It just happened. You opened the baggie and gave your dog a treat. It’s pretty simple! From that point on (or maybe after a few reps) your dog heard the bag, perked up, and came running.

Even if only 30% of the time the snacks were given to them, they’re going to gamble on it because now those two things are connected in their brain. 

This is called Classical Conditioning and it’s a really powerful way to learn. We use it a LOT in training. Does the name “Pavlov” ring a bell?

Let’s dig a little deeper: