THE PROBLEM WITH ALL-POSITIVE DOG TRAINING - Club Canine

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When it comes to dog training, there are many options and opinions as to the best method, however we believe that positivity breeds more positivity! Positive-reinforcement training techniques use non-confrontational methods to engage your . This is done by rewarding positive behavior, and establishing rituals and training actions that are incompatible with negative behavior. Essentially, you reward the positive and either ignore the negative, or direct them to a behavior you do want. Easy, right? Doing this can help to lessen your dog’s frustration with the learning process, while still allowing the dog to feel good. There should be no as this can damage your pup’s trust. Think about you it…how fast would you sit down for a cookie, some praise or a nice pat on the back? To a dog, those actions are not only treasured but an important part of their lives. Here are some tips on how to incorporate positivity in your dog’s training.
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Okay, than here is a question that no one has been able to answer for me in satisfaction. I have a friend who has been told by her trainer to ignore / Turn her back on her 125 pound dog, who jumps up on her and everyone else for that matter. She lives alone and as she turns her back on the dog, he jumps up on her and she has marks all the way down her back and legs due to this dog. She is always bruised. But yet, though she is ignoring the behavior and turns her back to him….he is taking advantage of her and is beating her up. Now explain to me step by step, how she is suppose to reinforce keeping this dog off of her and any other “old” person or child with positive reinforcement? This dog is now going on 7 years old, she has had him since he was 8 weeks old and by now I would of killed him. You may have picked up on the fact that I don’t like so-called positive dog training.
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These catch-phrases are all the rage right now, so everyone is jumping on the bandwagon. Why? Dog training which uses positive reinforcement is (finally) becoming more popular. Dog magazines are talking about clicker training, there are more dog training organizations which are dedicated to ethical and humane treatment of animals, and websites and books abound on the topic. Folks are starting to realize that there is an alternative to the techniques used in force training, which utilizes choke chains and prong collars, along with alpha rolls and dominance downs, spray bottles with lemon juice, shaker cans with pennies in them, shock collars, electric fencing, mousetraps, the list goes on.This was, to me, a telling example of the sorry plight of dog training in America. Sam is a thoughtful, well-educated man who loves his dog. He'd read a number of training books; he had attended an obedience class. Sam had gotten plenty of advice about training. Use food. Never use food. Use shock collars. Never shock your dog; it's cruel. Be positive, all the time. No, show the dog who's boss. Use clickers and whistles. Use your hands and body. Use a happy, chirpy voice for training. No, whisper. Study the dog's tail and ear positions for clues to its thinking. Tug and jerk. Never tug. Positive reinforcement certainly can be used as a force for good. The positive dog trainers are absolutely right about that. But when it comes to punishment, they really have no notion of what they are talking about. So, is this trainer a “positive trainer”? Where does the positive reinforcement come into play? Well, I’m sure the trainer uses some verbal praise in his or her training, but whether or not the dog perceives that as something pleasurable is unknown. What is certain, though, is that the use of a choke chain means that the trainer is also one who uses force-based techniques. My vote? Not positive at all. However, I at least give the trainer credit for SAYING that he or she uses correction; most don’t!