Positive Reinforcement

in Columbia, CT


With any method of dog training it's important to know about the breed of the dog. Each breed has their own special needs as well as strengths. It would be unrealistic to start training your dog without knowing these needs and the temperament of your dog. For example, German Shepherds are working dogs and  need to be busy. Some dogs may intrinsically know and understand the concept of retrieving a ball while others do not.

It is important to know your dog's genetic drive before Positive Reinforcement Techniques can be used. It is also important to learn what motivates your dog. At times you can tell by your dog's facial expression while working with him. Learning what motivates your dog will help you learn how to catch their attention. Food is always a big motivation for dog. Food driven dogs are willing to participate in positive reinforcement training.

Let's start by understanding the meaning of "Positive Reinforcement Training". It is a technique that can be used on anyone...human or animal, by the process of adding a desirable stimulus in order to increase the frequency of a behavior. In other words, you will be rewarding your dog for responding correctly to your request. That's It!

These rewards may come in words of praise and affection, food, toys and even play time. Your dog will learn in time with repetitive action on your part, that a REWARD WILL COME for the right behavior on his part. That's why it's important to find out what motivates him, so you can reward him with a reward he would want.

The most important step in this type of training is to be "consistent" that means...everyone in the dog's family must be of the same understanding of the rules. If one person allows the dog to break a rule, then the dog will become confused and will cause a set back on his training.

In the final study of Positive Enforcement Training for dogs concludes...That dogs trained with more rewards showed higher levels of obedience and less likely to show aggression. On the other hand, the study found that dogs with a punishment, was associated with higher levels of fear and aggression.