POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT TRAINING

Thank Dog Rescue believes in and practices positive reinforcement training. Rewarding with treats or other things of value, like toys or play, and associating positive and good things happening, versus dominance and punishment styles. It means not using force or inflicting pain, which may achieve the desired results in the short run, but really only stops the behavior momentarily, and the dog learns not to do that again from fear of punishment, rather than learning the appropriate response.

 

To quote Emma Parsons from her Click to Calm book:

"Punishment can damage the relationship we have with our dogs. You want your dog to feel safe near you, not threatened. Fears stops the learning process in both dogs and humans. If the threat comes from the source of learning (the handler), the decrease in learning is compounded.

The most serious danger with punishment, however, is that it very often feels good to the punisher. Punishment is reinforcing to the punisher. It mistakenly leads us to believe that we have "fixed" the behavior. The next time, we will be tempted to punish harder and faster.

Not only is punishment risky, but it fails to teach the dog an acceptable alternate behavior. The dog does not learn what to do the next time he is in that same situation. He only learns to fear the situation."


ON-LINE RESOURCES

Until we compile a list of local trainers we trust and use, please refer to these two renowned positive trainers.

Victoria Stilwell, renowned positive trainer, host of "It's Me or the Dog" has a remarkably user friendly website, https://positively.com chock full of great information that is easy to digest.

Positive Dog Training

Dealing With Specific Behavior Problems - Great tutorial of Basic Cues and the most common behavior problems dog owners face on a daily basis.

Say NO to electric fences

Please NO Shock, Prong, or Choke Collars

When Good Rescue Groups Make Bad Dog Training Decisions - or why Thank Dog Rescue does not use prong or shock collars.

To use shock as an effective dog training method you will need:
A thorough understanding of canine behavior.
A thorough understanding of learning theory.
Impeccable timing.
And if you have those three things, you don’t need a shock collar.
— Dr. Ian Dunbar

Dr. Sophia Yin, DVM, MS, a veterinarian and animal behaviorist, is another wonderful resource for training help. Here's a quick index to her tips on common behavior issues:

http://drsophiayin.com/resources/dog_behavior