Training for Dogs using Positive Reinforcement.
Who is training who in this picture?
In the spirit of training for dogs, it goes on all the time, in all kinds of relationships. Not just you and your dog. How any relationship developed is a result of certain processes that are repeated over time. If your boyfriend or girlfriend always makes a big deal about it when you dress up then you feel more encouraged to dress up. And likewise, if they don't ever give you a compliment when you dress up, then you eventaully loose your zest for dressing up for them. And so might be the truth for you and your dog. Understanding the complexities of training for dogs would be an excellent idea!
As in all areas of teaching, there are different methods of doing things, and different beliefs about what is right and wrong. Religion ranks number one is this category. There are also many ways to dicipline a child. Physical force applied to a bad behaving child could get the result you want or will it. Training for dogs might run a close third with questions like Pinch collar, or Choke Chain or none of the above? Positive behavior can be motivated in your dog with 3 entirely different methods of teaching. 1. Positive reinforcement is a reward that encourages a response. Positive behavior (positive dog training) is encouraged when you reward it repeatedly. 2. Negative reinforcement means that something is taken away in order to encourage a response. The shock is elimated for the dog when he behaves or gives the desired response. Something is taken away, the shock. After repeated experience with the shock he figures out that to avoid it all he has to do is be good and it won't happen. An example like this for yourself might be that you learn that when you leave the house earlier there is less traffic. Repeated experience with the elimination of the traffic teaches you to leave the house early. 3. Punishment is an unpleasant thing that is added to the situation. This is absolutely different from "Negative Reinforcement". Growling dogs provoke owners to spontaneously get physical with their dogs. Parents might get loud and in a childs face when that child is not behaving well. Punishment will bet you the desired response as well. Whatever approach you use it will ultimately work. The dog will come when you tug his leash really hard. Your dog will come to you if he expects to get a reward. Dogs also chase after their owners when they run in the opposite direction. A bad dog will listen when you yell at him and pull hard on the leash. Or, if he senses a treat nearby then he will give you the behavior you are looking for. What are the implications? Would you rather your dog respond to you out of love or out of fear? You make the choice. Visit the "Happy Dog" page tab, up top of this page, for more guidance on training for dogs.