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What is positive reinforcement training?

  • Dogs are taught using humane, force free techniques that encourage dogs to learn, problem solve, and think.
  • There are no fear, intimidation, bullying, or domination techniques used.
  • Based on a reward structure that encourages the dog to want to work more with you.
  • Rewards such as food, praise, toys, etc. are used to encourage and mark good/desired behavior.
  • Verbal cues are used to interrupt and redirect negative behavior to an alternative positive behavior.
  • Withholding a reward from the dog will help create boundaries for the dog when needed.

Good Training Tools

  • Small bite-sized treats and treat bag
  • Leashes (4 of 6 foot)
  • Flat buckle or martingale collars
  • Harnesses
  • Praise
  • Toys

Why do we not use punishment?

  • Increases anxiety and fear
  • Ruins relationships
  • Inhibits desired learning
  • Does not tell the pet what to do
  • Makes animals more reactive
  • Increases the risk of physical and psychological injury
  • May only work in your presence

Training tools to avoid

  • Shock collars/electric collars/e-collars/static collards
  • Prong collars
  • Choke collards, choke chains

Resource: Do No Harm by Linda Michaels, M.A. Psychology

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