Your trainer and behavior consultant utilizes current, humane, science based methods. With a holistic approach to behavior, you will learn to set your dog up for success. You DO NOT need to use pain, force, fear or intimidation to teach or fix behavior- even the hard stuff! Family friendly training methods using good sense management and positive reinforcement will help you reach your behavior goals.
Positive reinforcement simply means following a behavior with something your pet likes to increase the chance they will do that behavior again. There are many misconceptions about using positive reinforcement (ie. you have to carry treats around all the time, or it is only good for tricks), but it is actually a simple and effective way to quickly teach your pet what you like.
It’s Fun – – -Dog love to play, just like us. Work their brain, teach them something new, build on something they already know – good training is a game of cooperation. A good teacher makes the game challenging but achievable. Bonus: training this way will leave your dog mentally tired, reducing pushy behavior.
Low Risk – – -Even if you make a big mistake when using positive reinforcement, the risks of causing any lasting damage are very low. When using correction and force based training methods that rely on fear, pain and intimidation, going just a little too far can make your pet fearful or aggressive. It isn’t easy to decide where that line is, and it is different for every pet. Once it is crossed repairing the damage is a long road. These methods can damage or destroy your relationship with your pet. Increased anxiety and aggression are often side effects.
Confidence Building – – – Pets taught using only positive reinforcement are more willing to try new behaviors and experiment with new things. They learn that working on finding the answer is good, instead of getting it wrong being bad. Giving your pet the freedom to make choices boosts their confidence.
Great Relationships – – – Connections and ultimately relationships are built on good communication! Positive reinforcement training is a wonderful way to build communication with your pet. Each time you reinforce a behavior, they learn what you expect from them. They can learn how to communicate their needs and wants as well, which we can reinforce by meeting them.
Proactive – – – The focus when using positive reinforcement is on what you want the pet to do, instead of a reactive response after the fact. When you teach your pet what you would like from them, they can offer appropriate behaviors, instead of making choices you do not prefer. Unfortunately, our reactive responses to behavior often inadvertently reinforce the problem behavior. Any attention is good attention in many cases.
Attention – – – Your pet will have more motivation to engage with you, because they realize you are their ticket to all the good stuff! Use the things they love to reinforce the behaviors you like, it’s a win-win!
It’s Simple – – – There’s no need for complicated or scary equipment or methods that make you wonder why you even got a pet. Watch for the behavior you like (or set your pet up to make the right choice), and make sure they get paid with something they like and want. That’s it!
It’s Safe – – – Have you heard you have to wait to start training your puppy? Historically, that recommendation comes from trainers that use collars/equipment that apply significant pressure or shock. The chance of damage with these tools when used on a young, developing puppy are very high, so they would wait until they felt the dogs could handle it. In addition, toy breeds and breeds with short snouts can be at high risk of damage from these types of tools. Positive reinforcement training works at any age, with any breed or species of animal.
Lasting Results – – – Behaviors trained using positive reinforcement are strong, and long lasting because the pet does them because it is fun and feels good, not because they are afraid of what might happen when they don’t. Often, cues for behaviors they really enjoy doing can themselves become reinforcing!
Science Based – – – Positive reinforcement training methods are based in the science of learning theory, animal behavior, neuroscience, and biology. The field is growing and improving all the time.