Positive reinforcement training methods are science based
and used with a lot of animals species.
How will I train your dog?
Only with positive reinforcement & management
The most well known is the "clicker training".
In using positive reinforcement there is no punishment, no dominance and no "NO". Success is achieved with rewards to reinforce the good behaviors. By training this way, the outcome improved confidence and happiness of your dog... and you! Through this training your dog will learn faster and better.
Watch these videos why positive reinforcement is working with any kind of animals:
To train your dog we’ll use a marker and some treats.
Why a marker?
Marker is used to tell your dog when she is doing the right thing at the right time. It's a tool to communicate fast and easy with your dog. It is accelerating the learning process. Your dog understand when she is doing the behavior you want. The marker can be a clicker or a word like "Nice!" or "Yes!" or "Yep!" or "Click!" in a funny voice.
Food is one of the best rewards for your dog. It also can be a toy or petting.
Would I need to use a marker and treats forever?
No. These are tools for your dog to understand what you want and to reward and reinforce her good behavior. When your dog knows how to respond to a cue, you will use the marker and treats less, and less.
A giraffe in a zoo is clicker trained with a target
You can train any dog of any age,
at any age:
Nina is 3 years old
and Stella 4 months and a half.
"We believe that training animals and teaching people should always be based on positive reinforcement; kindly, observant, empathetic teaching; and skillful use of the technology and the science on which the training is based." Karen Prior
The creator of clicker training
"My dog and I love Gaelle!
I have a 3 year old mixed hound rescue dog. He is friendly and sweet but when he gets excited or distracted, he jumps, barks, and doesn’t pay attention.
Gaelle has helped us both so much with this. She has given me strategies to change this behavior and, perhaps more importantly, to anticipate it and prevent it. She is patient and positive (with me and with the dog!).
My dog adores her and is very responsive to her and I am appreciative of all she is teaching me.
I would recommend her to anyone looking for help with their pet."
A. S. with Buster - EBCA - Besthesda, MD