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How We Train
Dog training is a way of communicating. Just as we can learn to understand the body-language of dogs, so can dogs learn to understand the signals we give. This is where dog training comes into play, and play is exactly what training should be!
Dog training has come a long way since the days of "Traditional Methods" of teaching a dog what and what not to do. Decades of empirical evidence and extensive studies by experts in the field of behavior have shown that there are no reasons to use painful aversion in training. Collars such as choke/slip chains, prong/pinch, and electric/shock collars are, at best, effective on a limited basis. At worst, these types of "training collars" are fatally abusive.
Advantages of Positive, Reward-Based Dog Training:
It does not lead to a fearful dog
It does not lead to aggression
It does not lead to unwanted behaviors
The dog will become more creative and willing to try new behaviors such as agility or tricks
It strengthens the bond between dog and owner
Training is fun and enjoyable for both the dog and the owner!
Types of Rewards
Life rewards such as going outside, getting up on the sofa, taking off the leash for romping time, putting on the leash for a walk are all occasions that you can use to help you train your dog. If your dog wants something, anything, use this as an effective training tool! For example, if your dog comes to you with a ball in its mouth, ask your dog to sit before you throw the ball. You have now acknowledged your dog's obedience (he sat on your cue) with a reward (throwing the ball).
Food rewards such as your dog's meals, chews, and treats can be used to engage your dog's willingness to follow your cues. There is only so much "volunteering" a dog will do, and sometimes it behooves owners to give their dog a bonus such as a special treat for exceptional work done.
Attention rewards such as looking at your dog and praising him or physically rewarding your dog by touch. For example, if your dog comes to you and wants you to pet it, ask your dog to sit. You have now recognized your dog's obedience (it sat on your cue) with a reward (giving an ear rub).
When choosing a Dog Training Instructor be sure to ask about the training methods they will utilize. Training shouldn't be work it should be fun for the dog and the owner.
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