I can imagine you’re here because you want to learn about Positive Reinforcement on Dogs. We know that this training works well on humans. However, does it really work on dogs?
Both Negative and Positive Reinforcement on Dogs work
Dogs are like humans. If you punish them for doing something wrong, they will stop doing it. Negative reinforcement will work right away.
However, they will most likely grow fearful. They will do what you want them to do in the moment. But in the long run, they won’t enjoy doing it.
For example, lots of dog owners tend to punish their dogs by forcing them into their crates. The fear of being in the crate will grow and turn it into an unhappy place. When their owners ask them to go to sleep, they will refuse to go there. The crate becomes a place of punishment instead of a safe place for your dog to sleep.
Dogs are pack animals
Your dog looks up to you as their pack leader. Therefore, they will love you and follow you no matter what you do to them. (This maybe the biggest difference between dogs and humans).
However, you’re 100% in control deciding what kind of pack leader you want to become. Would you want your dog to be scared of you, or enjoy spending time with you? I think we can all agree that the best leaders are ones that inspire us. We wouldn’t want to choose a leader who we’re scared of.
Why can’t we be the best one for our furry friends?
Positive Reinforcement on Dogs
I understand positive reinforcement is not easy. It takes time and patience. You will have to endure many failures before reaching success. However, it is well worth it.
Let’s look at this example:
Your dog is chewing/eating something that he’s not allowed to. You can:
- Force the object out of his mouth. Say “No,” and put him into the crate.
- Ask curiously “what do you have there?” and wait until he drops the object; Then capture the good behavior by giving him a treat right away.
Action number 1 will make him hate the crate. The crate becomes a punishment. Also, in his world, you’re stealing his food out of his mouth. He thinks you’re selfish and want to keep it all to yourself. This will cause him to be more reluctant to give you things.
Action number 2 will teach him a good behavior. When you ask him to drop things he’ll be more willing do it, since it means he will get a treat. He will learn to focus on you more than focusing on things that he finds around the home. Genuinely, he will become your best friend.
If you want to be a leader that your dog respects out of love not fear then positive reinforcement training is definitely for you. I’ll be posting some tips on how to use positive reinforcement effectively on your furry friend.
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