The opinion of the educator Antonio Ruiz
It was not fifty ways to learn something a dog. Say that you can reward them for having done something good, punish him for bad acting, or in this second case ignore it. Today more and more trainers use positive methods that build whole or almost on rewards, motivation of the dog and “soft” techniques (decoy, clicker…).
Others are still old-fashioned and punish as much if not more than. It is now known that this is not the most pleasant way to proceed (ask dogs what they think!) but not the most effective. Reject the punishment to 100% seems a permissive error heavy consequences but a proportion of 90/10 in favour of rewards and other incentives at the expense of sanctions seems to me a good average.
Many people are on a base of 5% rewards, 10% of punishments and 85% with not responding. Not terrible! As if to stop bad behavior (jumping, barking, pilferage…), can be the extinction (which is to do nothing), it is counterproductive to do nothing when the dog has worked well.
That said, it is typically human!
How many times your boss has enguirlandé for a fault committed? Often, and it was won… and how many times have congratulated you for a job well done? Ever, too bad! Of course, you get paid to do this job but an incentive or a congratulations do everything even fun? Dogs appreciate.
A few concrete examples
Ideally you associate with a reward good behavior, it’s as simple as that. Your dog comes back, he is rewarded. It is not: ask yourself why and try not to put it in a situation of failure.
An excellent colleague said often do not create bad scenario, I think he is right. Reduce the distance between you, use a lanyard, working in locations less disruptive (trying) to your dog. Gradually increase the difficulties and you will see that they diminish themselves.
Your dog jumps on visitors: keep it on a leash to control and then work it sitting, so that it is quiet and do not forget to reward your friends when it is wise to understand where is his interest. It barks, suggest a market: do you want a treat? If he accepts, he will not be able (it is natural) both eat his treat and barking. So if it takes the croquette, is silent. Once, the resulting silence occupy his mind with another command, “lying”, for example. You’ll see little dogs arrive at barking in being coated.
If your dog chaparde or is taken to a vacuum cleaner, work refusal of bait, the “spit” and rather than sanction because that it caught something forbidden, reward him for having well obeyed orders; “not touch” or “leaves”.
Your dog destroys everything in your absence? First, ask you why he does it: is it out of boredom, stress or another reason? Work on the causes rather than the consequences. Your dog goes up on the chairs or sofas, it comes in your room, or even mounted on your bed do me not necessarily so bad.
Oh yes, even between professionals we have always the same approaches! Caution it is not so serious to 3 conditions :
-your dog is not a terror and is not aggressive
-It’s your choice to allow him access to these places
-You can ban them him, make it it out or get off of a simple verbal order
If these 3 conditions are met, go ahead, you have my blessing. Lacking in not one, be careful and ask for a professional help. One of the basis of a good relationship with his dog is: “to be able to control the space and movements of his companion.
Since we are talking about dominance, I would just like to remind those who think to be Pack leaders this maxim: “in good dominant, know dominate you.
Dogs are not born obedient (not even the blind guide dogs or dogs to assist disabled), they become. It is the responsibility of humans, breeders, owners, educators, veterinarians, behavioral help them. A good obedience is based on the concepts of understanding and respect.
The master will be firm, fair, consistent and certainly not stingy rewards. His dog will just be a dog happy, loyal and always ready to please his master for his own account. As for the children there is always well-behaved children who will fit into the company without worries and those who will have to get only and for that it will be more difficult.Actually be the master of your dog for his good, that of your entourage, and you can be justifiably proud of him and of you.