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to promote responsible pet
ownership throughout central Florida. We use the
most current applications of positive reinforcement
training to create a confident, obedient, well-adjusted
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What is positive reinforcement training?
is a method of training that utilizes your dogs natural
drives to capture and reward good behavior while bad
behavior is corrected or ignored. If a behavior is
corrected or ignored, not rewarded, it will disappear.
Harsh physical corrections are never
What are drives?
are anything that is rewarding and/or fun for your
dog such as food, attention, petting, praise, as well
as certain toys and games. For example, a dog that
is crazy about retrieving can be rewarded for good
behavior and obedience trained by utilizing this particular
drive. Most dogs are very food-motivated; so we can
use tiny, pea-sized treats as a reward.
If I use food for training, will my dog respond only
if I have food in my hand?
is a common question. A good positive reinforcement
trainer will educate their students on the use of
rewards and schedules of reinforcement. The food is
used early on in conjunction with praise to capture
a behavior. Once the behavior is understood by your
dog, food is gradually thinned down to a intermittent
schedule of reinforcement. This means that is is used
randomly for reward while praise is used all of the
time. This makes your pets behavior more consistent
and predictable over time. If food is not thinned
as a reward, you will definitely have a dog who knows
when you have food in your hand and when you don't.
What about choke chains, prong collars, and shock
these training devices are used then you are relying
on coercion to achieve your training goals. While
these tools can be effective in removing unwanted
behavior, your pet is responding out of intimidation
and fear of punishment. This can be very damaging
to your relationship if your dog begins to associate
you with the punishment. Positive reinforcement training
can enhance the human-animal bond by instilling a
happy emotional response to the training process rather
than a negative one.
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