SOUTHPAW’S TRAINING METHODS
Positive Science-Based Training
When you look at your pet and say, “You ready to train?” Does he or she get excited? SouthPaw pets do! Positive training helps communication between human and pet and adds structure and consistency to your pet’s world thereby helping reduce stress for your pet… and you.
HOW TRAINING METHODS HAVE EVOLVED
Behavioral scientists, vets and trainers have moved to force-free, positive, reward-based training methods. This fosters a stronger relationship between you and your pet. An animal’s behavior is reward driven. Food, praise, play, equipment and strategies helps pets learn faster. Animals repeat rewarded behaviour. Positive dog training controls outcomes by guiding dogs toward preferred behaviors.
HOW OUR TRAINING WORKS
As force-free trainers our mission is to make the learning process simple, fun and engaging for all. Willing participation in exercises accomplishes true learning at a profound and lasting level.
Concept 1: Classical conditioning occurs when learning happens via association. A famous example was Ian Pavlov’s dogs. The dogs would salivate at the sound of a metronome, which they associated with meat powder.
Concept 2: Operant Conditioning is the use of consequence to change behaviour. This involves rewarding desired behaviour and not reinforcing unwanted behaviour.
THE MODERN WAY
Old fashioned training attempts to teach a command like ‘sit’ while physically forcing a pet into position. Devices such as choke, prong or electric shock collars (e-collars) were even used. Our modern positive reward method eliminates pain. First we teach the dog to repeat the behaviour and only then add a ‘cue’ word such as ‘sit.’ Humans forget that dogs don’t speak English. This is why learning the behaviour first is important. Animals learn primarily through body language. We understand your pet’s perspective and deliver training your pet can grasp instantly.
A BRIGHTER FUTURE FOR YOU & YOUR PET
Trainers and pet owners alike find that positive reinforcement training gets results. Our method is faster, more detailed and focused. Owners relish in the new bond and leadership granted to them as a result of their training.
We remove punishment, coercion, learned helplessness, emotional shutdown, fear, confusion and aggression. We improve your pet’s ability to learn. Our training brightens spirits, is fun and brings instant future benefits for all.
WHY DON’T ALL TRAINERS USE THESE METHODS?
There are still some sceptics on the subject of non-force, positive reinforcement-based training. Some believe forcing a pet to “obey” can get quicker results. But a pet is only learning to avoid discomfort to please. It takes work on the trainer’s part to learn how to teach in a force-free manner. Many trainers don’t want to take the time to learn. In fact, force-free methods are just as quick. This is true of a pet having aggression issues, since aggression stems from fear in most cases.
DON'T BE SHY
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