This is very long answer that I will try my best to brief. Training with just positive reinforcement is incomplete training and can be dangerous in my opinion. I will discuss a few different situations as examples. In the case of a jumping dog, a positive only trainer would say train sit, train place, use […]
Training starts as soon as you bring them home. With puppies that’s typically 8 weeks of age.
This depends on your dog and what you’re training. For general obedience, training is most effective when broken up into multiple small 5-20 minute sessions throughout the day. I always suggest reading the dog to make sure they are motivated enough and enjoying the process. Once you see them losing interest, increase their interest in […]
Dog training is a lifestyle, training should never stop. I compare dog training to dieting and working out. Lets say someone who normally doesn’t eat healthy or workout decides they want to lose 20lbs, so they workout for 2 months and diet, lose the weight and abruptly stop working out and eating healthy. What do […]
In general I don’t use the E collar to teach new behaviors. I use it to make already existing behaviors more reliable. I do a conditioning session where we find the working level( the lowest level your dog feels) and teach your dog how they can “turn off” the collar. Once your dog understands the […]
You never want to completely remove reinforcement, however you don’t need to reward every repetition. We eventually get your dog on a differential ratio of reinforcement which means rewarding your dog for exceptional performances. This improves performance instead of rewarding at random which does not reward better than average performances. The analogy I make here […]