Why Positive Dog Training?
agility photos taken by Chris Joseph Photography, Edmonton, AB
Would you like for your dog to be more interested in doing what you want him to do rather than running away the moment the leash comes off, sniffing around, ignoring you most or some of the time? Wouldn’t it be nice if he didn’t’ pull on the leash, jump up on strangers, push through any door that opens, etc.? YOU can learn how to train your dog to be a well-behaved, willing and happy pet using positive reinforcement (i.e. no jerking on the leash, no repeating commands 3 times, shoving or pushing your dog into a ‘sit’).
Let’s have a look at how this could work: Have you ever seen dolphins or sea lions perform? They are trained using positive reinforcement. Clicker training was developed to train mammals to perform incredible tasks and tricks. You can’t make these animals do anything they don’t want to do, simply because they are too big and strong, but by marking desirable behaviors with a whistle, immediately followed by a treat (fish), they quickly learn that it’s in their best interest to do what we like.
We’re using the same scientific methods to train dogs and it works! In my opinion, the biggest ‘thing’ my dogs have learned this way is self-control. It’s so great to see them making choices that are not what their instinct tells them but what we’ve rewarded and what’s become more reinforcing than the original behavior.