The interesting thing about positive puppy training is VERY difficult for us 'newbies' because we need PATIENCE!
Frankly, who cares if my 10 week old puppy isn't going down exactly right? IT DOESN"T MATTER!
And, frankly, the reason they aren't is cause they just don't get it, or haven't been made to understand it, or would rather do something else........ CAUSE THEY ARE ONLY 10 WEEKS OLD! And that's fine!
For us, for the HUMANS to learn to help our puppies understand (not MAKE them) to have them want to listen (not MAKE them), what to be with us (not MAKE them), want to engage and learn (not MAKE them) is what we go to puppy class for.
Puppy class and dog class should be very little about what the dogs learn. Frankly, it's a whole lot more about TEACHING ME to teach my puppy to want to learn, want to engage, want to listen/learn/be with me. It's all about ME ME ME ME ME.
Cause guess what? When I listen (not the puppy). When I learn (not just the puppy). When I listen (and frankly if the instructor starts say Ak AK Ak Ak and no no no no to ME
then I tend to just get all upset and confused and not learning either! ) When I listen and:
- Improve my timing
- Use a reward my PUPPY wants
- Keep it fun and exciting
- Engage WITH my puppy in the learning
Then I no longer am having to use negatives caue my darn puppy has suddenly become BRILLIANT!
Look at this dog, only taught positive with treats/toys:
This puppy too, only positive and with a clicker, look at the attitude of the puppy, it's engagement. NO LEASH and yet look at the behaviors!
Using corrections is easy for US and short term seems to work.
Positive training is MUCH harder for us and why many people quit to go back to our old habits. Heck, it's much harder to blame our dog and 'make' them behave. Then to blame ourselves cause we need to continue to learn and be better trainers....