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I cannot tell you how many times I have asked my teenage daughter to finish her summer homework.  “Later” was the response I received many times.  I realized she needed motivation!   Knowing she would soon be asking for a new school outfit, I offered to take her shopping once her homework was complete.

Funny how the right motivation can get results.  Once I offered to take her school shopping, her project was completed in record time!

Threatening all kinds of negative punishment rarely works, often makes you feel horrible and can certainly make your child avoid you.

Motivation is contagious in relationships, if I do a favor for someone else, they are more likely to do one back.  Relationships both canine and human based on motivation and rewards has and always will be a primary focus for me — because it is effective and it works!