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5 Excellent Reasons To Use Positive Reinforcement

 

Sometimes we hear people talking about positive reinforcement without accuracy, they might say it’s bribery or some of the harsher dog trainers out there call it cookie pushing. It’s so much more than that though, and in reality, teaching with positive reinforcement is our only option as good dog guardians – here’s why..


Brainpower

Positive reinforcement includes plentiful and enjoyable reward. That reward talks directly to your dog’s neurochemistry, triggering a cocktail of feel great …

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Punishment and Suppression of Choices

One (of the many) issues with punishment is that it can cause suppression through fear. 

For example, if I were to punish a dog every time she pulled on a lead, by checking her. I wouldn’t be showing her what I would like her to do instead, I would just be hurting and scaring her. Eventually the dog may stop pulling but more because she is depressed, than because she has learned that’s what I would prefer she does. 

Suppression is not only unfair but it can be dangerous…

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Helping A Scared Dog Through Skilled Engagement

It can be difficult living with a dog who struggles with the world. We can feel like we have already heard them bark a million times today and walks might feel like more work than relaxation or fun. We can change that though – by working on our relationship through engagement, which is quality trust building time with our dogs. Engagement is a vital part of your relationship with your dog and it’s something that works perfectly to build your bond, to keep your dog’s focus and add glu…

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Why Canine Coaching Is Important

What is Canine Coaching and why do we do it?

There’s an idea that training our dogs is only for the professionals, or that unless dogs are “misbehaving” they don’t need training. This isn’t so. We can only just about provide life enrichment and enhance our dogs lives without giving them the chance to learn. In fact, just like you are learning by reading this.

Dogs live in a human dominated world. They often have to guess…

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Canine Coaching Is Good Guardianship

Everyone who has a dog in their home should learn at least some practical canine coaching, it’s an integral part of good guardianship. Not only does coaching give our dogs the chance to learn new things and big boosts in their self-esteem when they do – it also helps them in situations they might find uncomfortable in the future.

Whilst there are dog trainers in every town, not all of them are equal and even if you do need professional help – you will need some knowledge of good coaching meth…

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Walking Your Dog Off Lead - Safely

Never letting a dog off the lead is a sad way to live for a dog. They are less likely to sniff where they want to sniff when they are on the lead. They don’t get to run, or dictate the areas they visit in the order they want to visit them in. When we don’t let our dogs off the lead, it’s usually because we are scared of them running away and most often because we really love them and don’t want to lose them.

There are some dogs who need to be on a lead admittedly. Scared dogs who te…

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