What is your method of training?

What is your method of training?

We utilize what is called “balanced training” which involves the use of both reward-based training - using food lures and praise to help teach and reinforce behaviors and the use of redirection and corrections for behaviors we don't want. The word "corrections" can be off putting to some people as it isn't always clear as to what is meant by it. When we use the word "correction" we are simply describing a simple lead away from problem behaviors or a quick pop and release of leash followed by immediate guidance from the human to a better choice for the dog. Clear boundaries through use of positive and negative consequences create a well-balanced dog that understands the rules.

Before introducing corrections to commands and behaviors we start by positively shaping an obedience foundation and introducing the dog to leash pressure. We show them how to earn physical rewards and how to turn pressure on and off by yielding to leash pressure. This allows the dog to have the motivation to work for the rewards and perform the behaviors we want more consistently. We start by rewarding all the good choices but overtime move to a more variable reinforcement schedule. Likewise when the dog has an understanding of what is expected, we apply a correction for choosing to do the wrong behavior. All of this helps to create a well balanced dog.