NILIF stands for “Nothing in Life is Free.”
This is the approach we recommend to all dog owners and when followed,it has many benefits.Your dog receives many good things from you such as food, shelter, play and affection. By teaching your dog that he must work to receive all things from you, this shows him that you are the leader. It will also keep your dog’s mind working throughout the day without having to have a formal training session.
Living with the NILIF program need not be difficult or time consuming. Simply set a small task for your dog before he receives something from you. For example, your dog bounds up to you and demands a pat by nudging you. Instead of giving him what he wants, tell him to sit. Once he sits, give him his pats. In no time, your dog will be sitting as soon as he arrives at your side, instead of jumping on you! He has learnt that to get what he wants he must perform the sit first.
Here are some other examples of how to use the NILIF program effectively:
Using NILIF does not mean that you have to give less affection to your dog. It simply means that you are in charge of when your dog receives it, not the dog! Keep in mind that for the program to work effectively, all members of the family must use the same rules with the dog. Consistency is the key!
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