Pawsitive Outlook Dog Training Specializes in four key factors that help a dog’s development.
TRAINING AT HOME
The Problem with Aversion Training
Aversives that are used in dog training can be anything that is unpleasant for the dog, used to expel an unwanted behavior. Common aversives include the pain caused by a shock collar or prong collar, harsh scolding or yelling, spray bottles, holding a dog’s mouth closed, hitting, or other unpleasant sounds or physical corrections.
It’s not uncommon to have a dog that was formerly trained using negative or aversion training. At a young age, we might have learned by experience that touching a hot stove is painful, and now we avoid doing that behavior. Similarly, it is easy to convince a dog not to do something by using punishment.
We’ve found that while using aversive training may work in the immediate circumstance, it can easily create undesirable behaviors in the future such as fear, aggression and insecurities. For example, a puppy being trained on a pinch collar for walks might lunge to play with another dog and get choked. They associate this choking and pain to the other dog that they see in that moment and as they grow and develop they become reactive to other dogs in a toxic way.
In addition, without taking the time to reinforce walking politely on leash, the puppy hasn’t learned anything other than not to pull when they’re wearing that pinch collar.
Recent advances in behavioral science show that there are more effective and humane training methods and tools that work better in the long run in building a loving and trusting relationship with your canine companion.
The Benefits of Using Positive Reinforcement in Dog Training
Positive reinforcement includes the use of tasty treats, praise or life rewards (such as a walk, car ride, petting, etc). Using these tools, we’re able to keep the dog’s perspective positive while influencing their outlook that things they may find scary or intimidating can actually be good.
We start with ensuring that we’re using the right type of positive reinforcement. For example, we’ll use high quality, irresistible treats that dogs drool over! We’ll also learn strategies around how often you should give a reward, how quickly you should give the reward, and the location of the reward. For example, puppies learning to Heel may require more frequent treats than an older dog who has simply fallen out of step.
We’re not going to lie – using positive reinforcement requires patience and consistency as well as managing your dog’s environment. But we are here for you! We will help you set your dog up for success and then repeat the positive behavior (instead of waiting for them to do something wrong and punishing them). In time you’ll find that the rewards are absolutely worth the additional energy. Your pet will understand that they have control over their own behaviors. And you will have created a confident dog that has a strong, loving relationship with you and your family versus an animal that is afraid.
Correcting Specific Behaviors with Tailored In-Home Dog Training Packages
In-home dog training allows you to move at your own pace. Every dog is unique and we understand that every human learns at their own rate. We help you learn how to live with and support your dogs by helping to train you, the owner.
Typical behavioral issues include:
- Chewing, biting, digging or destroying objects
- Begging for food or attention
- Not obeying commands like sit, come, heel
- Pulling on a leash
- Excessive barking
- Jumping on people or furniture
- Aggression towards dogs or humans including biting or growling
Overall, training should be fun for both you and your pet! We hope to bring out the joy and love you and your dog have for each other.
The Importance of Mutual Learning and Owner Involvement
Board and train centers are designed for people who don’t have the time to train their own animals or they are trying to break a specific habit.
However, this can actually backfire. The majority of the work with dog training actually comes down to training the owner. There is a unique friendship between owners and their pets and by performing your own obedience training you’ll strengthen this bond. In addition, training requires consistency. Without knowledge of the cues the dog trainer used and learning to be consistent yourself can put you right back where you started.
Most importantly, we want you to have a positive relationship with your dog at home. Your home is the place where you’ll spend the most time together and we’re able to easily focus on key behaviors that are triggered in your own environment such as jumping, barking, or aggression.
It’s much more rewarding as a dog owner to see your dog make good decisions because you’ve taught them what behaviors make you happy!
By training at home, you also reap the benefits of convenience. We can adjust and be flexible to your schedule, rather than signing up for classes that are held at a specific time or day.
Create a Deeper Bond with Customized Training to You
Pawsitive Outlook Dog Training specializes in creating private training packages that are tailored to your dog’s specific needs. We don’t believe that one size fits all.
We start with a short phone consultation to help identify the needs that you and your pets are seeking. We develop a training program for you and a recommended number of sessions. Some training progresses more quickly than others and we will modify each session’s focus accordingly.
Whether you’re looking for puppy training classes, basic manners for adult dogs, behavior modification programs, or working with multiple dogs in your household – we have something that is unique for you!