Method

“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”

John Bradshaw

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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.

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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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