4: Why Be Positive?
You’ll be amazed at how positive reinforcement training improves your relationship with your dog … and your relationships with other people too.
Colleen Pelar and Julie Fudge Smith talk about their own experiences with old-school, force-based methods as compared with positive reinforcement.
Positive reinforcement methods focus on solutions, not problems. These techniques make you and your dog a team, not opponents, and they are family friendly because they don’t increase the risk of aggression.
Want to learn more? Check out these resources:
- The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behaviorists position papers opposing punishment-based techniques and dispelling outdated ideas on dominance and pack theory.
- Aaron Clayton’s article, “Raising the Great Family Dog,” on the Karen Pryor Clicker Training site.
- Nicholas Dodman’s article, “Positive vs. Punitive Training Techniques: What each achieves and what we can learn about ourselves from the discussion”, on DogStar Daily.
- Companion Animal Psychology’s article, What is Positive Reinforcement in Dog Training?
- Julie’s blog
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