How to get your dog feeling good for successful results

An important first step in training and building any kind of positive relationship with your dog is to get to know what positively motivates them and makes them happy. Tyler is pretty easy, for him it’s most definitely food, but he also loves praise, fuss, fun and even requests bum scratches!
You may find that your dog prefers a favourite toy, but spend time getting to know their likes and dislikes. This will also include environment, your tone of voice, actions and body language – remember to include yourself and your potential influences. Look at the whole picture.
The more time you spend with your dog, the more you will get to know them and understand their forms of communication to you. You will be able to understand what motivates them to perform different behaviours and when you know their likes and dislikes you can integrate better strategies for working towards achieving the results you want.
A happy dog will have a high waggy tail, floppy ears, relaxed body, often playful and will willingly engage with you.
When a dog experiences something that brings them pleasure, not getting too complicated, a feel good chemical called Dopamine is released in their brain.
The dog will learn to connect a certain behaviour or activity with feeling good and even the anticipation may be enough to raise their Dopamine levels. 
By using positive motivators with your dog you will achieve successful results in an enjoyable way for both of you. The more you repeat the process, the more they will learn the association, just be patient and allow your dog time to make the connection – consistency is key.
By using negative methods for training and correction, including punishing equipment, anger, rough treatment and forceful actions you will instil fear in your dog, which is likely to have harmful consequences mentally and physically for them. 
Nobody wants an unhappy dog, so be careful to ensure that you behave appropriately for their benefit.