Reward-based training is the most effective and humane way of training your dog, and is recommended by the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA). The idea behind it is basic – reward the good behaviour, ignore the bad. If you’re thinking of trying this technique, consider the following benefits:
Reward-based training for dogs is all about consistently rewarding good behaviour, such as not jumping and sitting on command. Rewards can be in the form of a treat, a pat, or a kind word – whichever treat your dog finds most compelling. This process is enjoyable for both the dog and the owner, and works to strengthen the relationship. Over time the dog will learn which behaviours are rewarded, and inevitably act out that behaviour.
No more ‘no’
The beauty of this technique is it frees the owner from having to dish out punishment. Just as you reward good behaviour, bad or undesirable behaviour is simply ignored. In situations where this is not possible, you can ask the dog to perform a good behaviour and provide them with a reward. When a dog receives no attention for their bad behaviour, they will eventually stop doing it.
Effective and humane
Punishment-based methods of training can make dogs anxious and fearful, and ultimately hampers the learning process. It can also pose a threat to the dog and become a welfare concern. Conversely, reward-based training is an effective and humane form of training that doesn’t ask the owner to be dominant, cruel or punishing and works in the dog’s best interests.
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