Over the past decade the entire philosophy and methodology of dog training has undergone major fundamental changes, which are thankfully being put into practice by more and more modern dog trainers. From a behavioral standpoint, our understanding of how dogs think has also finally evolved, and because of this, the way we relate to and train our canine companions has evolved with it.
Gone are the days of the “pack leader” mentality and “dominance” myth when it comes to how dogs think. Most thankfully, gone are the days of using archaic, outdated often cruel and painful methods such as kicking, kneeing and using devices such as choke, prong and shock collars to train dogs. Would you allow someone to do any of the above to your child?
I have been trained in, and practice only Positive Reinforcement (+R) and Force-Free (FF) methods in working with all my dogs.
There is never any need to yell, scold, intimidate or otherwise destroy the human-canine bond between you and your pet! Anyone who yells and screams at a dog, or advocates or practices using these methods of communicating and interacting with a dog, really knows nothing about dogs, or is just lazy, and should be avoided at all costs, for the sake of the dog.
Positive-Only methods involve building a lasting, lifetime relationship of trust between the human and dog, it means making it fun for the dog to learn and do what it is asked to do. This is accomplished by teaching the dog to ‘WORK” for a reward, which is either a treat, a favorite toy, or simply playing with you! Dogs see any type of attention, affection, activity or treat as a reward for a job done. It is much easier and repeatable to train a dog using positive-only methods than by the old methods, because the dogs enjoy doing the task and will respond willingly and much more reliably to their training.
I would love to talk to you about your pets particular issues and how Positive-Only methods of behavior management may help your dog.
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