POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT FOR NEGATIVE BEHAVIOR

WHAT EXACTLY ARE WE REINFORCING?

 "Positive Reinforcement" has become a familiar term when considering how to train a dog. However, there is definitely a lot of confusion about what this means and how it applies to the dog being trained.

Let me clear this up. If the dog is doing something good, or if the dog stops doing the unwanted or negative behavior, THEN the dog should receive "Positive Reinforcement" by way of praise, hugs, belly rubs, treats, a toy; whatever the dog will perceive as a reward for good behavior.  Here is an example to help explain the difference. Let's say that a large dog is jumping on a person and biting them or pulling at the person's sleeve. If a trainer or family member offers the dog a treat to distract the dog and get the dog off...TO CONTINUE READING...

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