How and Why We Do What We Do
When training a dog, there are really only two ways to motivate them. They can work to earn things they like, or avoid things they don’t like.
At Smart Dawgs, I train dogs the same way I want to be trained. I don’t enjoy or benefit from methods based on force, intimidation, humiliation, or deprivation, let alone choke chains or shock collars.
Instead, I need to be shown, guided, and rewarded. I need to be motivated by paychecks, bonuses, raises, and praise in front of my peers. I don’t like working for free.
Our dogs are no different. If we learn to praise and reward the behaviors we like and ignore, interrupt and/or redirect the behaviors we don’t like, all dogs, including yours, soon learn to offer only the behaviors that earn them all of the good things that life has to offer!