Dog Training For Tricks. Part 2 Positive Training

By Claudia Bensimoun

Positive Training

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Training our canine companions should never be stressful. Instead it should be fun and inspiring for both you and your dog. The benefits of positive training are huge.

Positive training not only strengthens your bond with your canine companion, but also teaches you empathy, patience and compassion. You’ll learn how to understand your dog and what really drives him to do the things he does.

Training should not be about power and dominance, and when using the positive approach you will start observing some rather interesting behaviors. All dogs are keen to learn. They all want to be praised and rewarded. So forget the old stuff. Punishment doesn’t have a place here. Here’s why POSITIVE TRAINING works every time!

What Makes Positive Training So Effective?

Positive training enables you to get your furry best friend to perform the behaviors that you want while rewarding him with treats, food and toys in return. It means never using physical or verbal punishment on your dogs and not forcing your dogs to perform a particular behavior through force.

What Makes Positive Training So Easy?

Thanks to Ivan Pavlov, B.F. Skinner, Robert Bailey and many others for allowing us to understand so much about canine behavior. Remember Pavlov and his canine research about dogs that salivated when meat powder was placed in their mouths. With the meat powder he added the metronome, which was a neutral stimulus. After having paired the meat powder with the metronome a few times, Pavlov then turned on the metronome without giving the dog the meat powder. This in turn led to the dogs drooling because they associated the meat powder with the metronome. Association and learning go hand in hand!

B.F. Skinner realized that changes in behavior are a result of the individual’s response to the events that are happening in the environment. Skinner discovered that learning is the outcome of change in observable behaviors.

What Are The Three Laws of Learning?

Rewarded behavior is repeated.

All ignored behavior ceases or stops.

Once the required behavior is in place, there are variable rewards that will strengthen and maintain the required behavior.

First Law of Learning

Negative or positive behavior that is rewarded will be repeated in most instances.

Second Law of Learning

Any behavior that is not reinforced will cease or stop.

Third Law of Learning

Once the required behavior is established, a variable schedule of reinforcement will make this behavior stronger.

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