Canine Behavior and Training
By Lori Elliott
The science of dog behavior and training has made significant advances in recent years. In the past, people were taught to dominate their dogs, to be the “alpha”, and to abruptly and physically correct inappropriate behaviors. The use of shock collars, prong collars, choke chains and physical force was the norm for many years.
Modern scientific studies have proven that positive reinforcement-based training is much more effective and safe for both dogs and their owners. Positive reinforcement training produces a trusting relationship between dogs and their families, veterinarians and groomers.
So how do we train dogs without dominance or force? Dog behavior is actually quite simple. Dogs will continue a behavior if they perceive a reward for that particular behavior. Thus, to change behaviors, we must remove rewards for unwanted behaviors and provide rewards for good or desired behavior.
If you have a new dog or puppy in your family, or if you have a dog that has undesirable behaviors, please seek help only from a positive reinforcement trainer!