The rules of humane dog training philosophy

Written By Arman Zulhajar on Sunday, June 3, 2012 | 1:12 AM

By Arthur Smith

Any dog that's taught using positive methodologies will enjoy sessions. Motivation is supreme inside this sort of training and each learning experience is sharpened due to the promise of reward. The dog that learns any behavior by having it reinforced with a reward will actually repeat the behaviour in the hope of further reward.

Motivation is supreme in this coaching system. Work out what your dog is keen on the most and then show him that he will be able to earn it as his reward. This leaves him to work out what to do to get this reward. The process of working out what to do will impress a behaviour in his mind for the rest of his life. The strengthening technique used when learning how to train a dog to play dead is a great example of timing used to the max.

Punishment has no place in positive dog training. You cannot encourage a good behavior by punishing a dog. A dog will get muddled and sad when punished and will actually not be in a learning state of mind. The only result of punishing a dog is to incite stress. Unhelpful behaviour should be ignored as shortage of attention is enough in itself to help extinction of the behaviour.

Timing is critical within positive re-strengthening. If you want your dog to repeat a behaviour, then reinforce it at exactly the best time. Offer reward to your dog when he does what you want him to and withhold reward or attention whilst he does something unhelpful.

Remember that you and your attention is without exception the most vital thing to your dog. That isn't reason not to give him wages (training treats) however it is helpful to remember this while he does something that is a bother or that you want to dissuade him from.

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