What is Positive Training?
by Jeanette Stewart
The principles of positive training are derived from, and have been proven to work by the latest scientific finds in applied behavior and learning. This method of training, aims to teach humane methods in a compassionate way and remains sensitive to both canine and human needs. Dog training is all about forming a solid relationship with your dog, teaching them what you want, and motivating them to do it consistently.
Here's a quick version of one of the ideas behind learning theory, and how to use it to train your dog. If you reward your dog for doing something, he/she will repeat the behavior. If there is no reward, the behavior will go away. Sounds simple, right? But we don't always think about it. We are actually training our dogs every instant that we are with them (and occasionally when we are not), but we don't often use that to our advantage. If you don't pay attention to what you are teaching your dog, you could end up training your dog to jump on you, whine for attention, and run away when called.
You can use treats, toys, and all of the fun things in life to get your dog to enjoy responding to you. Eventually, you can reward your dog randomly, use praise and life rewards more often, and the dog will still respond to the cue. This is where relationship principles are truly important.
What does training your dog mean for you? You end up having a happy companion who pays attention, walks near you on or off the leash, sits when you ask, and hangs out politely while you enjoy a latte with your human friends. What does training mean to the dog? It means she has an enjoyable, interesting life in a home where she understands her role and what she needs to do to keep the good stuff coming!
Why Use Positive Training?
Positive Training works with all breeds, sizes and temperaments.
Positive Training works with all disciplines of dog training including agility, police dog work, scent work, hunting dogs, search & rescue, service dogs and more!
Positive Training is easy and user friendly. Virtually anyone can use positive training, with very little skill level. It simply takes an open mind, a little patience and a willingness to change patterns.
Do you have a difficult dog, or need help training your dog?? Please click here to learn more about Jeanette Stewart, the lead trainer for the Powder Pals Program. Jeanette is an Instructor and Behavioral Consultant with many years of experience with all breeds of dogs providing private lessons throughout Oregon and holding classes in Baker City, OR. Other services are available for out of area needs.