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Positive, Science-Based Methods

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Companion Animal Training Methods Have Evolved

Play with us at the best casino on the internet at fruitinator kostenlos. Doubled deposit! Go over and win! Since its beginning, the world of companion animal training has been changing and growing. Behavioral scientists, veterinarians and trainers began using science-based learning principles in recent decades. Old fashioned techniques, which often employ an alpha theory and/or apply physically or psychologically harsh methods, are being put aside by a large number of training experts and trainers who have “crossed over” to positive, reward-based training methods that are force free.

The professional pet trainer organization, The Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), defines dog-friendly training as “training that utilizes primarily positive reinforcement; secondarily negative punishment, and only occasionally, rarely, and/or as a last resort includes positive punishment and/or negative reinforcement.” Terminology around positive and negative reinforcement and punishment have very specific meanings in relation to the basic principles of behavioral learning and may even seem confusing without demonstration.

What it means is using reward-based teaching processes that will develop a stronger relationship between you and your dog. An animal’s behavior is shaped using many forms of reward. Not only is food used but also praise, play, equipment and strategies which do not produce physical pain or fear as punishment but still help dogs learn quickly.

It is an established fact that animals repeat behaviors that are rewarding and stop doing behaviors that are not rewarded. The animal happily chooses to keep doing the behavior, which is much more powerful than forcing an animal into a behavior in which they are not proactively participating. This is why positive dog training works. It is about controlling outcomes to behavior and guiding dogs to preferred behaviors.

How It Works

As positive, force free trainers, part of our mission is to make the science behind the process simple and fun.  After all, part of the power of positive training methods comes from its ability to engage both you and your pet.  Willing (even joyful) participation in the exercise and true learning is occurring. When mental thought processes and choices are made by an animal, real learning is accomplished and at a more profound and lasting level.

Here’s a more in depth peek at the two concepts upon which positive pet training protocols are based:

  • 1st concept

    The notion that if two items often occur at the same time, we begin to expect one when we see the other and have real biological and behavioral reactions in anticipation of those items. This is called, “Classical Conditioning.” The most famous example is Pavlov’s dogs. Ivan Pavlov conducted an experiment in which dogs became conditioned to salivate at the sound of a metronome, because they associated the sound of the metronome with the appearance of meat powder.

  • 2nd concept

    The use of consequences to change behavior. This is known as, “Operant Conditioning.” By consistently rewarding desired behavior and preventing reinforcement for unwanted behavior, we can increase desired behavior and decrease unwanted behavior.

  • For Example

    Old fashioned training usually attempts to teach a “command”, like “Sit” to a dog, while at the same time handling the pet physically or even forcing the desired body position. It often includes the use of devices like choke collars, prong collars or electric shock collars (“e-collars”). The idea was to use handling or pain to force the dog to adopt a Sit position – the dog learns to sit to avoid being handled or getting hurt, but the dog has not proactively chosen to move his body into that position for a desired outcome of praise, petting, a treat, etc..
    When using positive, science-based methods to teach Sit, we instead first teach the pet the desired behavior using a lure-reward method – no need to force or hurt the dog. After the behavior can be repeated consistently, then we add the word (or “cue”), “Sit.” First your dog learns what you want him to do, then he learns the associated word/cue for doing it. As humans, we tend to forget that words are our primary communication tool, not those of a dog who does not speak English as a first language.
    Understanding that animals learn primarily through body language is an insight into more effective training methods. Sure, most owners can teach their animal companions some words for various behaviors, but imagine how much easier it would be if we move a learning barrier (words) back further in the process. With positive, science-based methods, we understand a pet’s perspective and that learning can occur quickly by teaching them in a way they can truly grasp.

Positive Dog Training’s Effectiveness

Many trainers and pet owners are finding that positive reinforcement pet training is far more effective. As these methods are becoming widely used in the training community, obvious advantages over old fashioned training techniques have quickly emerged. Positive training processes tend to have better timing and are more specific which allows for a pet to more easily learn detailed activities and behavior modification. These qualities focus on the desired behavior and speed up training. Owners are fascinated as a pet who once ignored them, now learns to look to them for leadership and the bond between them strengthens immensely. Aversive punishment and coercion, part of the old fashioned training toolbox, often lead to emotional shut down and/or aggression. On the other hand, positive training methods do not result in changes to an animal’s personality or related undesirable behaviors such as aggression.

The use of intimidation or pain is not found among positive-based dog training methods. Neither of these is required for learning, so why would they be brought into the picture? In fact, studies show that by increasing stress, aversive methods can actually impede your pet’s ability to learn. The effect is learned helplessness not active, communicative learning.  Positive training is more effective, often works more quickly, and doesn’t damage your pet’s spirit or frighten or confuse them. Training is fun, and the time you spend together is an investment in the future with immediate benefits for both of you.

Why Don't All Trainers Use These Methods?

Good question!  Even though widely used and accepted by leading researchers, doctors/veterinarians, behaviorists and trainers in the field, there are still widespread misconceptions on the subject of non-force, positive reinforcement-based training within the pet owner and training world alike.

Forcing a pet to “obey” may work quickly, which is in part why most trainers use those related methods, but a pet is only learning to avoid discomfort to please.  Another reason we have realized is that it takes work on the trainer’s part to learn the skills needed to teach in this force-free manner.  It would seem, then, that many trainers don’t want to take the time to learn and grow to spare their clients the ill effects of old fashioned training tactics.

Why not use a non-force method which is just as quick for your furry friend?  This is especially true of a Pet having aggression issues.  Aggression stems from fear in most cases.  It is important to teach the Pet, via the use of specific protocols, they do not need to be afraid in order to stop the aggression.  Deciphering the root of the aggression will work toward eliminating the issue instead of masking it with dominance displays by humans.


American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB):
Position Statement on the Use of Dominance Theory on Behavioral Modification in Animals

American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB):
Position Statement on The Use of Punishment for Behavior Modification in Animals

SouthPaw feels that all pets should be treated humanely and with the most advanced techniques available. It is our goal to disseminate this information to pet owners and the general community. Please take a moment to browse the Resources page if you’d like to learn more. There is much written about this and we have compiled both light and in-depth information for your review and learning.

Enjoy.  Happy, fun training to you all!


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