The Benefits of Dog Training
Training a dog well has two principal benefits: First, owning the dog becomes a more pleasant, rewarding experience; and second, trained properly, a dog often becomes much more contented and peaceful.
Good training results in benefits that extend beyond the basics of obedience, to the point of impacting the entire quality of life of the dog, and consequently, the whole family. By “good training” I refer to an intuitive, commonsense approach to conditioning a dog that takes into account basic dog psychology.
Positive Reinforcement, a Better Way of Dog Training
Thankfully, on the matter of training dogs, more and more professionals are using one form or another of positive reinforcement. Their methods revolve around rewarding good behaviors and ignoring undesirable ones. Rewards typically consist of one or more of the following: Food treats, words of praise and affection, or playing of favorite games.
Various methods of training that were prevalent at one time used punishment as a standard component – good behavior was rewarded and bad behavior punished. Continue Reading