You’ve got your canine companion and you love it. You take special care to feed your dog properly, get the recommended treatments and vaccinations, and try to provide a good home for your dog. Truly responsible dog owners, however, should take the extra step and ensure that their dog receives obedience training! A well-trained dog or puppy is a great companion, reducing stress for dog, owner and neighbors. Not many people care to be around a dog that jumps up on them, barks incessantly, digs flowers, chews shoes and other items, or other negative dog behavior. The unfortunate fact about dog adoptions is that the biggest percentage of dogs who are returned to breeders, shelters, and animal rescue are due to problems with the dog’s behavior. This is a true shame when, with a little time and patience, these undesirable behaviors could be resolved. Indeed, obedience training can save the dogs life!
The buzzword in dog obedience training methods today is “positive reward” or “positive motivation” training. Positive dog obedience training is much more than a ‘buzzword”, however; it’s a philosophy and method of dog obedience training that ensures effective obedience training along with humane treatment of the dog. Positive reward obedience training is just what the term suggests – a method of dog or puppy obedience training that employs the use of positive reinforcers to gain the dog’s trust and compliance. Positive reward/motivational obedience training does not involve “yelling” at the dog, striking the dog (whipping, beating), rubbing the dog’s nose in “mistakes” (accidents) or other harsh methods of treatment. The dog is rewarded with something positive when he obeys his trainer/master.
Why Positive Reward Methods?
The advantages of positive reward methods of dog obedience training include:
- decreased fearfulness of the dog
- increased trust
- humane treatment of the puppy or dog.
Can I Train My Dog This Way?
Positive reward/motivation obedience training can be done by professional dog trainers. However, you can do the training yourself. There are several sources of information available on obedience training. One important bit of advice is to have fun training your dog! Make it fun for you and the dog! You’ll reap the rewards for a long time to come.
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