- Positive Reinforcement training builds trust and strengthens the relationship between dog and owner.
- It encourages your dog to make behavioural choices to access rewards. Most often the dog makes the right choice as it learns that offering different behaviours is fun.
- It is based on cooperation and trust and is hugely rewarding for both dog and handler.
- Your dog becomes more willing to think for him/herself, offering new patterns of behaviour.
- Positive training methods help our dogs gain better coping skills thus making better choices when life throws curve balls.
As in any profession, we are constantly trying to improve the best possible way to achieve a goal. Fortunately through science the way we interact and train dogs today is quite different to how we did it in the old days.
Its all about communication. We are two sentient beings (one human, one dog) speaking a different language. Speaking “dog” increases the joy and fullfills the needs of both partners as well as the people around them. Good communication is a flow of reinforcement and information.
Dogs are amoral; they don’t know right from wrong but instead do what is rewarding. They already know how to sit, lie down, walk by your side or come running when you call ….WHEN THEY WANT TO! To teach your dog to do these behaviours when you ask them to is a huge advantage when living in a domestic environment.
If you give your dog a reward (praise, play, food, toys, etc.) when he responds to you or offers an action or a behavior that you like, then that behavior is likely to be repeated“ Victoria Stillwel