deborah encouraging a puppy client to play during enrichment.

deborah encouraging a puppy client to play during enrichment.

As defined by B. F. Skinner, this is the basis for positive reinforcement training.

Applying this definition to dog training today:

When your dog is asked to perform a task, they do it and you reward them with a small treat and praise, you are using the psychology of Positive Reinforcement.

Positive Reinforcement is a training method that will keep your dog engaged and happy with their learning experience. It also is exciting for people to see their dogs learning so quickly and cooperatively. When treats and praise are used for REINFORCEMENT, it results in your dog learning what you want them to do, having fun doing it and before you know it, your dog is happy to do what you've asked even without a treat in sight.

Positive Reinforcement helps both you and your dog achieve your training goals without fear or discomfort. There is less stress for you in training because you are not constantly correcting your dog. And it is a lot more engaging for your dog because they are getting praise, a little treat and they're happy to do what you ask once they've understood what you're asking. And as a little extra benefit, you're also teaching your dog to think.

Through Positive Reinforcement, we give your dog the opportunity to learn behavioral boundaries acceptable to humans, while still keeping the joy, delight and wonder of your dog being a canine intact.