Training your dog should be a fun experience for both you and your pooch, which is why we prefer using the kind, positive methods during our dog training in Surrey here at CK9 Training.
It is a common misconception that training has to be forceful; this can often backfire and cause the training sessions with your animal to take even longer than necessary.
We’ve already mentioned the use of positive training in our “How to Train a Dog: The Essentials” blog, but thought it might be a good idea to describe these methods in more detail to explain why we prefer to use them.
What Is Positive Training?
Positive training is the implementation of training techniques that embrace positivity rather than negativity. This usually involves rewarding your dog for the good behaviour that they engage in, rather than punishing them for the bad behaviour which they may display.
Positively reinforcing your dogs good behaviour shows your dog that you appreciate what they are doing and will reward them for that particular behaviour. Dogs love receiving treats and praise, so there’s no better way to tell your dog “good job!” than to make a fuss and give them a reward when they have done something that you have asked them correctly.
The concept of positive training is quite easy to grasp – if you like a behaviour, reward your dog for doing it. You don’t need to shout and scream at your dog, and that’s what we are trying to prove here at CK9 Training.
When Should This Positive Reinforcement Be Used?
When we are training an animal, we will begin by rewarding good behaviour with treats and a general positive reaction such as fussing the dog for a short period of time, giving them a treat or having a game with a toy.
To the dog, this is giving them the attention that they want, and will slowly become recognised as a reward for doing something right. Once this has been established by the dog, you can begin training them in more complex commands, using the same positive reaction every time they fulfil the behaviour correctly.
It is important to understand what behaviour you are rewarding, too, as you don’t want to accidentally reward unwanted behaviour. One of the best examples of this is letting your dog outside if he is barking incessantly at something through the window. This is essentially giving him what he wants, and should be discouraged rather than rewarded – even if it doesn’t seem like you are rewarding him!
Positive training does work, and in our years of experience of training dogs in the Surrey area, we have trained even some of the most stubborn dogs using this positive outlook.
If you’d like to experience the positive, kind methods that we use here at CK9 Training by having us help you train your dog, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today by calling 07739 815 265 – we’ll be more than happy to help you out!