Ask the Expert on Dog behavior, Grooming & Pet Food – Rebecca Hayes-Copeland
Did you know? I have training in how to properly use pinch/prong collars, choke/training collars and e-collars. In the past I have taken seminars/worked with force and correction trainers. My education includes the science and practical application of those tools.
On the other hand, my education also includes lure and reward training, operant conditioning (more commonly known as clicker training), and behaviour modification using reward based methods. I have travelled throughout Canada to learn from Experts® in these fields including veterinarians and behaviourists.
I choose to use positive reinforcement with my dogs and my clients because science teaches us that rewarding good behaviour is a stronger learning method than punishing bad. I choose to use reward based training because experience (15 years professionally) as a dog trainer teaches me that rewarding good behaviour is the stronger learning method for dogs.
So, why do so many people struggle with their dogs? To me, its simple. We need to remember to teach our dogs what we want before we can address the bad behaviour. Let’s look at jumping up on guests: Have you taught your dog to sit? Have you taught your dog to stay? Have you taught your dog to sit and stay when you pet them? Have you taught your dog how to sit and stay when a stranger approaches? Have you taught your dog to sit and stay while a stranger pets them? If your answer is no, then why are you trying to punish jumping up when your dog doesn’t know and understand the correct behaviour you do want to see?
Many times, if you take the time to teach what you want, and ask for it, the bad behaviours disappear. Just like magic. No pain, just using the brain.
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