Being a dog owner with two puppies at home I am constantly on the lookout for new, and hopefully better ways to train my dogs. I do not need dogs that are winning awards for obedience at AKC shows but I do want dogs that can venture out to have some fun and respond to commands that will keep them safe during. There is no one definitive, standard dog training method that works all the time. There are almost as many different methods as there are professional trainers out there as they all seem to have their own particular theories and methods. Positive reinforcement training rewards desired behavior instead of punishing.
I have tried many of these methods through the four dogs that we have raised from puppies. The training methods that deliver a ‘correction’ when an unwanted behavior is exhibited with the desired outcome of the behavior ceasing to avoid any corrections have rarely worked for me. I have always wound up with decently behaved dogs but only after I abandoned these methods, resorting to just having fun and not worrying about the training. Most of the times these methods have produced the opposite of the desired outcome. For instance to teach a puppy not to bite this form of corrective dog training recommends holding the pup down till it basically gives in or becomes submissive. I have tried this and only wound up with one angry puppy that at times would exhibit possible fear towards me. I do not think that producing fear or anger in a pup is a good way of training for anything other than aggression. [Read more…]