The Benefits of Positive Training

Dog Training shouldn’t be cruel and punishment-oriented.  If you train using Positive Reinforcement, you’ll get a trained dog and you will maintain the spirit of that dog.

Positive Reinforcement Trainers often use verbal cues, hand signals, treats, clickers, toys, and even games to help modify behavior, correct bad habits, and even to teach tricks. Anything the dog likes and enjoys is fair game to train with and used as rewards for wanted behaviors such as Loose Leash Walking, Sit, Down, Stay etc.  

Positive Trainers use both positive reinforcement for wanted behavior (giving rewards for behaviors such as sitting to greet etc.) and negative reinforcement for unwanted behavior (withholding or taking away rewards, including attention such as when the dog is jumping to greet etc.)

Dog training the positive way

In positive training, the emphasis is on rewarding the dog for correct behavior. This is the opposite of the old methods of force/punishment school of thought where the focus is on punishing inappropriate responses throughout training.

Why positive training?

Positive dog training offers numerous benefits over the force/punishment style of training:

  1. Rewards are easy to give: Everyone has the ability to reward a dog for the right response to a learned cue. Even the smallest child can award a treat (a small piece of yummy food) and say “good boy!” and give the dog a quick pat on the head.
  2. Use of punishment: There are countless cruel and inhumane techniques to punish or correct a dog, including shouting, physical punishment (hitting, kicking, choking, etc.) leash corrections, choke/prong and shock collars some of which can be dangerous to the handler and injure the dog. These techniques have now been scientifically proven to create psychological damage and create dogs that are fearful, mistrustful, defensive and even aggressive. Learning breaks down as the dog focuses on avoiding pain and punishment rather than learning new things.
  3. Rewarding good behavior is an effective way to train: There are countless ways to do something wrong, but there is only one way to do it right. For force/punishment training to work there has to be a punishment for every wrong action, which is all but impossible. Any inconsistency in punishment will lead the dog to believe that the mistake is acceptable. When practicing positive dog training, an owner only has to reward the dog for the one correct action. Even then, the dog doesn’t need to be rewarded every time. If he’s kept guessing when the reward will come, he’ll constantly strive to obey the command in the hope that he’ll be rewarded.
  4. Rewarding your dog is enjoyable: Giving a dog a treat or enthusiastically praising him for a great performance is a lot more fun than doling out punishment or forcing a dog to obey. Positive dog training makes the time you spend with your dog something to cherish.
  5. Positive dog training improves the dog/owner relationship: Dogs, like people, respond to honest and sincere appreciation better than punishment. Each time the dog listens and obeys, a reward allows him to connect with his owner. Consistently punishing a dog during training, on the other hand, can eventually lead to mistrust or fear. The dog may even begin to associate the punishment with the owner rather than the incorrect behavior, which can derail the training process and bring about behavioral problems in the dog.

Through positive dog training,

you can have a happier dog that respects your authority

and looks forward to your next command.

 

Some basic obedience training

Some basic obedience training

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