I strongly believe in Positive, reward based techniques. From a young age I saw so many people in my life using items such as shock collars, choke chains, prong collars, and physically hurting their dogs. A part of me knew that when I grew up, I wanted to train dogs and owners, I wanted to change the way people 'trained' and interacted with their dogs.
Using rewards of treats, toys, and affection, can make things positive for both owner and dog.
Years ago, most dogs lived outside, they were just considered tools, to pull carts, hunt and retrieve wild animals, bark at uninvited guests and more. They slept outside and were fed leftover table scraps as a meal, if there was any that is.
Point is, times have drastically changed, not just for dogs, but everything.
Today most households welcome dogs into their lives, home, and heart. They have become family members, best friends, partners, and our snoring, drooling, bed-hogging companions. Not to mention the ones who are trained to be a persons eyes and guide them, or those who can smell your blood sugar start to drop, long before you or any test strip could. They are more than we could have ever imagined some 50 years ago! So why do many people insist on training a domesticated dog like a wild wolf? If you don't know how to answer that question, I'll ask you this... Do you treat your family and friends as cavemen? Do you speak in grunts and carry a wooden club with you?
I hope your answer is no. If your not a caveman, should you treat others as caveman? If you don't have a Wolf, should you treat a dog as one? No, because just like us, dogs have evolved over billions of years.
So what kind of training do I use?
ADDING a GOOD stimulus to INCREASE the likelihood of a behavior: The stimulus can be a treat, praise, petting, toy, etc.
• Counter conditioning
• Jack pot
REMOVING a GOOD stimulus to DECREASE the likelihood of a behavior: The stimulus can be ignoring jumping until the dog stops.
• Extinction burst
• Removing a toy, treat, praise, attention, even eye contact.