We use positive reinforcement methods during our dog walks and training sessions.
The evidence based theory behind positive reinforcement is fairly straight-forward – dogs will repeat good behaviour when it’s followed by a reward (commonly a food treat). Their bad or unwanted behaviour does not get a reward or acknowledgement from their owner. So, if we need to correct an unwanted behaviour, it comes by removing the reward, like a toy or treat being taken away.
Reprimading or physical punishments are never necessary.
Simply put, positive reinforcement training begins with rewarding a desired behaviour, immediately, within seconds after it happens. That way, your dog understands to associate the good behaviour with the reward. We teach you to start with continuous rewards every time your dog does the right thing. Then, gradually move to intermittent rewards as the desired behaviour becomes consistent.
Positive reinforcement requires consistency.
Therefore, everyone in your household needs to use the same commands and reward system.
Commands also need to be short and to the point. Sit. Stay. Come.
Sometimes, because we are humans and we make mistakes, we may accidentally reward bad behaviour, we can help you with understanding timing, marking and rewarding your dogs behaviour.