“The capacity for love that makes dogs such rewarding companions has a flip-side: They find it difficult to cope without us. Since we humans programmed this vulnerability, it’s our responsibility to ensure that our dogs do not suffer as a result”
Before I started studying Dog Behaviour and I was researching how to train my own puppy, Alfie, I sifted through a minefield of information on the internet where people talked about dominance, pack behaviour, electric shock collars, pinching a dog’s ear if he did something ‘bad’, shaking a bottle of pebbles at him to stop him barking and so on and so on.
Even to my untrained mind, this sounded wrong. Why would I want to hurt my dog or scare him?
Eventually, I found methods that were not only kind but based on science, not myth. Methods that encouraged you to treat your dog as a family member, not as something that needed to be dominated. Methods that encouraged positive actions, reward and praise. Needless to say, those were the methods I chose, still choose and will always choose.
These methods are known as science-based, reward-based, positive reinforcement training. It involves understanding how dogs learn best, how to motivate them, how to gauge their feelings by looking at their body language.
Everything is designed to set the dog up for success so they always have a positive experience. It encourages dogs to think for themselves, develop self-control and confidence and it builds a trusting relationship between dog and owner.
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