As you have probably heard, there are many dog training techniques in which to instruct your dog to behave. Some are more popular than others and some are quite frowned upon in today’s society. We’ll go over both common and acceptable dog training techniques and a we will also review the much less common methods that are considered unacceptable in today’s society.
- The first method is positive reinforcement dog training techniques. This is, by far, the most commonly known and accepted form of dog obedience. It uses reinforcement based learning verses forceful learning. Upon doing the correct thing, the dog is rewarded (treats, toys, praise, etc.). When doing the wrong thing, he is ignored but not harshly punished. A common form of positive reinforcement obedience training is clicker training, where the owner/trainer uses a clicker as the dog’s reward. After a certain amount of time, the dog learns that the click is his reward and enjoys making it happen.
- Traditional dog training techniques, which were brought about in the 1950’s, are commonly frowned upon as they tend to lean more toward punishment for wrong doings versus reinforcement for good behavior. For example, if a dog is told to “sit,” and he does not, the handler would give a slight jerk on the leash to remind him. This is very commonly frowned upon. However, there can be a happy medium where the trainer/owner instructs the dog how to move and then rewards him for doing right; this would be closer to positive reinforcement dog training techniques. But, it could also be considered harsh by some, considering the handler is forcing the dog to see the position or behavior he or she would like him to perform initially.
It is smart to do proper research before training your dog. There are countless ways in which you can train him or her, but there are also plenty of things you can do as an owner to confuse or discourage your dog. So be sure to ask your local trainer or behaviorist if you have any questions regarding proper training before you administer it.