At the moment, there is a lot of talk about ‘Positive Only’ or ‘Force Free’ dog training. However, thanks to consistently excellent results, more people are now talking about ‘Balanced Training'.
Here at Good-Dog, we are Proud to be ‘Balanced Trainers'.
The problem with the 'Positive Training' method is that you are not letting your dog know that he/she (from now on referred to as he) should obey you simply because you are the one in charge. Regardless of what ‘high value treat’ you use, 'Positive Training' invariably focuses on bargaining with your dog and coaxing him to obey your commands.
Dogs need a leader. Yes, your dog is your friend, but he needs you to be the one in charge – if you will not take charge, he will. If your dog knows that you are your pack’s leader, he will respond to you with love, respect, obedience and loyalty.
A 'Balanced Training' strategy is simple: actions have consequences.
It is essential for your dog to understand the consequences of his behaviour: positive actions (or welcome behaviours) such as, obeying a command, are rewarded and negative actions (unwelcome behaviours) are corrected. By giving your furry companion clarity, you provide him with the structure he needs to learn how to behave properly and safely in life. And importantly, also comply with the law.
More About 'Balanced Training'.
'Balanced Training' has two main elements: positive reinforcement and negative correction.
It is important, however, to remember that your dog always thinks in the ‘now’ – he has no conception of ‘an hour ago’ or ‘yesterday’.
In other words:
Any parents reading this will see the similarities between children and dogs here – a dog must be taught boundaries and the difference between what’s right and wrong, just like a child needs to be taught these things.
All dogs must be taught – and it is your responsibility to lead and teach your dog.
With a 'Balanced Training' strategy, you provide clear links, reinforce positive behaviour and correct actions/negative behaviours that must be stopped.
So, Now Let's Look At 'Positive Training'.
Here are some of the most common experiences witnessed in 'Positive Training' strategies:
Lack of guidance on stopping negative behaviours and a lack of boundary settings, can leave owners without effective strategies when their dogs display difficult behaviours.
What’s more, how can you be confident in your dog’s good behaviour if that behaviour can only be achieved with a treat?
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