When using dog training commands, it’s highly favorable to use positive reinforcement or operant conditioning. These types of training can be used interchangeably as and when needed. The ultimate core of creating good, favorable behavior is love and respect for your animals; these skills will undoubtedly win your dog’s heart.
Reinforcing dog training commands
Positive reinforcement and operant conditioning are both respectful and loving towards anything living. Positive reinforcement should be used the most, this offers no forms of punishment. Operant conditioning also uses positive training, but with a twist of correction. To define a twist of correction usually means the word ‘NO’, which shouldn’t be said too often.
Using the word ‘No’ is classed as a negative word, this doesn’t mean it can’t be used, it just means use sparingly. It is better to enforce clear positive words such as ‘Be Nice’, ‘Good Boy’ and ‘Yes’. If they’re obedient give instant praise or flavorable treats as well.
Punishment does not mean force, negativeness or disrespectful coercion. Today, I still see people kick and slap their dogs into submission, this is out of order – period! Your dog will love you unconditionally no matter how you treat him, but if you disrespect him, he will not respect you. A dog can love you but disrespect you!
Some dogs are naturally stubborn, which means we need lots of patience to reform their mindset. If your unsure about training your dog, I would highly recommend you contacting a local behaviorist. A good dog behaviorist who uses positive reinforcement and operant conditioning are worth their weight in gold. You may only need a couple of session to put you on right track.
Here is a great article I have produced about how to use the pet corrector, this is typical operant conditioning and is excellent form of training.
Punishment or patience
Understanding dog training commands and the various methods used to create an obedient dog will help you become aware of which approach to use. Any training that uses punishment such as whipping, kicking, smacking or anything similar to gain an obedient dog provokes a fearful dog, none calm, disrespectful and/or an aggressive dog.
Many dog handlers refuse to use extreme punishment methods, skilled workers usually implement kindness to deal with undesirable dog issues. However, there are some who use negative reinforcement, which can produce obedience but will be connected fear. Consider why the Police and Drug Detection Unit uses positive reinforcement, they use it because it creates a happy, independent and thinking dog.
Positive reinforcement is used to reward dogs when they have responded accordingly and appropriately. It is done mainly through lots of verbal praise, cuddles, social interaction with the family and treats. Other rewards could be playing with toys or other dogs, going to the dog park or a trip to the beach. All the same, praise, cuddles and interactions are a must; simply offering food treats isn’t enough. Giving food treats now and again is good; however, praise really beats them all.
Check out this great article on the perfect training tips using treats here.
Simple dog training commands
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Stay,Heel, Stand, Come
Always reward good behavior….
Negative words ought to be used minimally or ignored to avoid undesirable behavior. Positive rewards are to be used lavishly to encourage desirable and obedient dogs.
Other positive reinforcements that can be used with dog training commands is the clicker. This is a reward based learning mechanical device, which creates new and rapid behavior, for more information go to Pro and cons to clicker training for dogs.
Positive and favorable commands
Just like children, dogs are not born knowing how to be favorable. Although granted, some are better than others! We are the ones to impart and encourage good behavior and new skills to our dogs and they must be taught slowly.
Hand signal cues can be used and a firm but affectionate voice. If they don’t understand your command the first time, you can positively coerce them a little, when they’ve responded give loving praise and/or a treat. It doesn’t matter if dog’s are three weeks, three months or three years, they need love at all ages.
Begin teaching your dog inside the house, dog training commands always start in the home. Furthermore, commands should be expressed unanimously throughout the whole family. Otherwise your dog won’t understand, he will be very confused and may not develop as well as he should.