Positive Dog Training

Five Reasons to Use Positive Reinforcement for Dog Training

The best way of dogs training is to give them a reward for running a command or certain behavior. Such dog training is based on positive reinforcement. It's better to encourage the dog for good behaviour instead of punishing for indiscreet actions (e.g., barking, snarling).

You can play with your dog, giving its favoutite dog toy, praise or treat it. Professional dog trainers know perfectly well that such a reward is much more effective training strategy than punishment. However, the reasons of positive reinforcement usage are extend further by no means. Let us consider five reasons to use a reward stimulation.

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 Dogs are much like people toward reward usage instead of punishment. If you punish the dog day and night for misbehaviour, its behaviour will change according to your preferences, but it will hardly seek for your company.

1. A reward build credibility between the dog and the owner.

And on the contrary, if bad habits are ignored and good habits is rewarded, the dog changes its behaviou. However, there is another motivation for such actions. The dog wants to be praised and treated for obedience. Moreover, it will wait for your attention without a fear of being punished.

2. Rewards signify your satisfaction.

Negative reward, such as shout, beats and dog leash jerking, send the dog wrong signals as a rule. The dog doesn't understand that you're annoyed with its certain behaviour, it understands what it shouldn't do when you're not around. As a result, the dog's punishment for the action you disfavor, can't correct its behaviour as well as you expect.

Positive reward during dog training gives a certain signal to the dog. When you reward the dog immediately, giving a dog treat, prasining or going for a walk, the dog begin to understand that it gets what it likes for certain behaviour. It will change its behaviour to get these things.

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3. Members of your family can take part in positive dog training.

If you have children it's another advantage of positive reward dog training. They can take part in dog's education regardless of their age. They don't have to be adults, to shout or to be aggressive towards the dog. Children can get involved in dog training and establish themselves on the higest stage of "pack" hierarchy.

4. Rewards are suitable at any situations.

Treats, praise and game can be used as a stimulus to reward all the types of the dog's behavior. The reward is always effective while training the dog to run basic commands ("Sit", "Come" etc.) or to solve problems with the dog's behaviour. Otherwise, many kinds of punishment are concentrated on the behaviour change, but they are less endurable by the dog.

5. Treats are reliable means of motivation.

Dog treats are reliable methods to motivate the dog to do what you need as they pacify almost insatiable dog's appetite. Till your dog likes taste of treats it will show a strong desire to deserve them. This is inestimable help for dog training when it's very important to draw your dog's attention.

Treats also motivate the dog because they provide positive incentive to obey. If you punish your dog for disobediense, it will learn to be afraid of you with time even changing its behaviour. This can lead to mistrust to people.

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Your dog wants to please you, it wants to change its behaviour to deserve your praise and approval. The dog will learn to make it faster if during the training the dog has an opprotunity to deserve a reward.