Training: Positive vs Negative Reinforcement

Just like humans, dogs are keen on striving for perfection. Yet achieving that perfect behavior is ultimately up to how the owner decides to train their dog: via positive reinforcement or negative reinforcement. Although most dog training these days — both in a large group setting and one-on-on training — is a mix of both techniques, it is important to understand the fundamentals, benefits, and drawbacks of both. Positive Reinforcement This type of dog training rewards the good behaviors the dog is doing. The dog trainer or owner will almost never reprimand the dog for bad behavior, but will instead keep tell the dog to perform a certain behavior. A reward, such as a treat or a verbal phrase, will only be given if that good behavior is displayed. The idea is that after a relatively short amount of time, the dog will be conditioned to understand that a good behavior warrants a reward. The benefits of positive reinforcement for dog training are such that the dog will learn good behaviors faster than with negative reinforcement and the good habits will generally never be forgotten. Negative Reinforcement This method of training is often shunned as inhumane by many pet lovers. A term originally coined by B.F. Skinner, this reinforcement technique seeks to banish bad behavior by punishing the dog for performing the incorrect trick or behavior. For dog trainers, this method is also termed the “Alpha Dog” technique. The trainer or the owner will assert themselves by negative reinforcement by using techniques such as subjecting the dog to large doses of a stimuli they don’t like, a firm tap...

Benefits of Private Dog Training

Our Canine College, based out of Holbrook, MA provides an array of dog training courses to best fit both you as an owner and your dog. One of our best programs is our private dog training lessons. Every dog is different but one on one lessons are best when trying to accomplish a goal for you and your dog. Why Private Dog Training One on one training No distraction or interruptions from other dogs, people, or a changing environment Strictly a learning environment He/She cannot play with other dogs Schedule lesson times convenient for you and your dog Bring the entire family so everyone is learning the end goal for your dog and the right way to reach it Any behavioral issues can be handle on the stop Personalized lessons and training to pin point your dogs needs for improvement Canine College trainers can see how the dog and family interact and make recommendations to successfully train your dog Learn are you and your dogs own pace, no pressure to keep up with other...

New Group Dog Training Class for November

NEW CLASSES STARTING All group classes are for 5 weeks. Wed 11/19 Puppy Kindergarten class 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Sat. 11/22 Elementary I class 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Sat 11/29 On & Off Leash Class 12:00pm to 1:00 pm Sat 11/29 Elementary II Class 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Sat 11/29 Elementary III Class 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Thurs 12/4 Elementary II Class 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm The group dog training classes are 5 weeks long and are open to the whole family joining! Your dog will learn the basic techniques like sit, stay, down, and heel! We have many courses available beyond entry level classes. This may be confusing as to what your dog needs the most so do not hesitate to call Canine College!     Search for: Recent Posts Canine College Warns Of Lingering Presence of Ticks School Starts Soon, Opt For Dog Day Care! Canine Good Citizen Training for Rhode Island Residents The Importance of Choosing Puppy Kindergarten Elementary 1 Dog Training Starting July 18 Categories Canine Good Citizen Dog Training Tips Dogs Looking For a Home Events Health Care Housebreaking K9 Info Blog Proper Diet Training Stories...

Common Obedience Commands used at Canine College

CANINE COLLEGE Holbrook, MA 781-767-3908 caninecollege.net BASIC OBEDIENCE COMMANDS   HEEL            A position on the left side of handler while moving or stationary.                         Basic heel position:  dog sits at left side of handler facing forward, dogs’ right shoulder aligned with left leg SIT                Sit in place. RIGHT HAND palm up STAY            Stay in position. LEFT HAND palm facing dog WAIT           Used to keep Dog from Passing in front of  handler or wait before exiting DOWN         Means to lie down in place.  RIGHT HAND palm facing floor COME         Stop and come to you and sit in front (or heel) STAND        Dog stands in stationary position PLACE        Directing Dog to go to Bed, Matt or Special place to relax & Lay down NO SNIFF   To prevent dog from sniffing another dog, person or object NO JUMP     To prevent jumping on furniture, people or counters QUIET        To stop barking, whining or howling, etc. OFF            To command dog to get off of furniture, people or counters etc. NO BITE   No mouthing of hands, feet, leash or clothing LEAVE IT    Do not pick up or go near object or person, sniff, or look at another dog DROP IT     Whatever dog has in mouth, must release or drop KENNEL UP (or) CRATE     Go into crate or kennel HURRY (or) GO QUICKLY  When out exercising to eliminate NO PULL  Walking on loose lead without pulling or dragging EASY      A behavioral command to calm down or relax OK          Releases your dog from a command, allows him to sniff or walk out of heel. This is not permission to pull!   2015 ...
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