What is positive dog training? It’s a method that embodies a philosophy of humaneness and respect for dogs. A method where punishment in dog training sessions and intimidation are heavily discouraged. If you are interested in this kind of training, read on for some useful insights.
The Cores and Benefits of Positive Dog Training
The Cores of Positive Dog Training
1. The Use of Positive Reinforcement
Positive reinforcement is a dog training technique where a trainer rewards behaviors he likes and ignores those he doesn’t. This is the foundational method used in positive dog training. When dogs receive treats, praises or life rewards (play time, walks or car rides) for their good behavior they are likely to repeat those good behaviors. This method is generally accepted to be the most effective, humane and safe.
2. No To Punitive Methods
Using punitive methods is like fighting fire with fire. Studies revealed that the incorporation of punishments in training a dog will not work in the long term. It won’t help in?correcting aggressive dog behavior?and will actually only make them even more aggressive.
3. A Different View on Dominance
Alpha dog training methods are also discouraged. Being the alpha dog is unnecessary. Although this myth is rooted in a scientific fact, it’s fair to think our dogs do not operate as how they did back when they are in the wild. They are not wolves. Always keep in mind that a dog isn’t challenging you to a dominance contest when it misbehaves.
4. Understanding Your Dog’s Point of? View
A fur parent should understand how his or her dog perceives our world. This is a crucial aspect of building a strong relationship with your canine. To effectively do this, you need to understand his language and how he experiences our world through his senses.
1. It Fosters Clear Communication
Positive dog training makes clear communication possible. When you reward your dog for his good behavior, you let him know what you want. Dogs are more likely to repeat doing these right things they associate with rewards.
In contrast, punishment communicates unclear, often confusing messages to your dog. For example, let’s say your dog peed inside the house and you scold him or smack him with something. Although your intention is to tell your pet what he did was wrong, he can misinterpret this. He could instead learn it is not safe to pee when you are around.
2. It Suits an Array of Dog Behaviors
As mentioned earlier, punitive techniques won’t make things better. In some cases, it can even worsen behavioral problems. Positive dog training works well with aggressive and fearful dogs.
3. It’s Fun!
With the use of positive reinforcement, training sessions can become playtime. By keeping sessions short and upbeat, both you and your dog can have fun. Rewarding your dog will for sure make him eager to learn. And that’ll probably put a smile on your face.
Watch this video below to see how positive and negative training differ:
There are different terms to call this kind of training: reward-based,?positive reinforcement, or force-free, to name a few. But the bottom line, this method proves to be safe, effective and humane.
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