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Lobobear44 01-02-2014 12:23 AM

Favorite dog training method?
What is your favorite dog training method? Is it Positive Reinforcement, clicker training, dominance alpha pack training, e-training, or whatever.

My favorite dog training method I have not decided but it is Positive Reinforcement. Once upon a time I believed in the alpha training, but later was convinced it is not a healthy method. I am studying all kinds of amazing Positive Reinforcement training methods. I like my philosophy, however a training method could fit it. Maybe I could develop a new idea of Positive Reinforcement training. I am going to try out the clicker training tomorrow with my own dog Riley that I should've started years ago. Why don't I start sooner than later? Should start more a sooner than later. Do want to be a professional dog trainer the new dog whisperer hero!

DaniFani 01-02-2014 12:27 AM

Every dog is different and needs a different training plan designed around it, ready to change as the dog matures and shows different aspects of it's personality.

llombardo 01-02-2014 01:01 AM

I use mostly positive. I do use a prong, but not an e-collar. I don't use a clicker either. I've learned one method doesn't always work for some dogs.

Blitzkrieg1 01-02-2014 03:03 AM

2 by 4 ;)

bill 01-02-2014 03:23 AM


Originally Posted by Blitzkrieg1 (Post 4758042)
2 by 4 ;)

Need help how do you stop him from taking the 2 + 4 from you ! Lol Bill

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Blitzkrieg1 01-02-2014 03:27 AM

With another 2 by 4!

bill 01-02-2014 03:32 AM

That's funny:):)

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GSxOwner 01-05-2014 01:04 PM

The difference I have seen between positive reinforcement vrs corrections is unreal. I would never go back to corrections. I use a clicker and positive reinforcement. If someone likes teaching their dog tricks a clicker is an excellent tool that I think speeds up training when used properly. If you have never used a clicker or pr I would do some research first and watch some videos because you can really it up if you don't.

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David Taggart 01-05-2014 01:40 PM

All of it at once.

mego 01-05-2014 02:07 PM


Originally Posted by David Taggart (Post 4776642)
All of it at once.

Same. I don't do any dominance training though, but I do have expectations, sorta NILIF.

I start with Positive Reinforcement for teaching all new behaviors. I used to use a clicker, but I am bad at fumbling treats and leashes and clickers so my dog's 'click' is actually me using "Yessss!" as a marker. When I shape something new, "yessss" + treat is how we communicate.

After a behavior is already known I use a balance of corrections and rewards to proof and really solidify exactly what I want. "yess" when correct + reward, "No" + correction when wrong. I don't need to correct often anymore, much like "yes" has been conditioned as a reward, she understands "no" means she's not doing something right.

I didn't introduce corrections until my puppy was older. As my trainer explained it to me, if you only reward when they do something right, you only teach half the command. what happens if they choose to ignore you? they do not know what that result is - in some cases "oh I will miss out on a reward" is not enough incentive for my dog to do the command. By introducing a correction it's extremely black and white: they know exactly what outcome is for each thing they decide. This worked for my particular dog, probably isn't necessary for other dogs, just what works best here :) She likes to train a lot and has gained a lot of confidence with the balance of knowing exactly what I"m asking.

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