Published at Friday, 24 May 2019. Dog Training. By Sauville Grandjean.
Although some owners don't like reward training because they think dogs trained this way follow their commands simply because they want a treat and not out of a sense of obedience or respect, there's no question that reward training is effective. And, even if you accept the premise that dogs learn from reward training strictly because they're being ”bribed,” isn't that better than obeying out of a fear of punishment? Not only that, but treats aren't the only type of reward that can be used as positive reinforcement. Praising your dog with an excited, happy tone of voice, giving him toys, and giving him lots of physical affection can all be just as motivating as giving him treats or food.
Communication Begins with Attention. Possibly the most fundamental form of communication is your attention. This is true whether you are teaching some new skill, practicing an old one, or refining an advanced behavior. When you give your attention to something your dog does – through touch, voice, eye contact, smiling, or laughter – you draw attention to the behavior. This tells your dog that you find the behavior worthy of interest. Dogs, being sociable creatures, find most interaction and attention reinforcing. They value it, and will work to get it – and this is not even considering whether or not the dog finds the behavior reinforcing in and of itself. So when training, keep in mind that you don't have to actively reward a behavior to reinforce it.
So, how do you choose the right dog obedience training program? The Internet is full of choices, and many of them offer conflicting advice. How do you know which dog training program really is right for you? The very best programs all agree on something very basic-the best results come when you train your dog using positive reinforcement techniques. Intimidating a dog enough to make it cower may get your dog to sit, but it also destroys your dog's self confidence and trust in you and certainly takes all the fun out of the training for both you and your dog.
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