Methodology

Training Methodology

Dog training is a totally unregulated industry. This means that anyone, regardless of their knowledge, experience, or credentials, can open a dog training business. As a result, the industry is full of self-taught dog trainers. These self taught dog trainers may use harmful methods and give harmful advice. Or are dog trainers that continue to use outdated, less effective, and painful training methods.

If a dog trainer’s website does not state what their methods are, you should be cautious. If you haven’t already, please read this article by the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior – How to Choose a Dog Trainer. This will help give you third-party advice on what dog training methods are advisable.

Effective Training Should be Kind, Humane, Force-Free and Science Based

Tools We Use 

  • Praise
  • Food
  • Toys
  • Clickers (markers)

Tools We Do Not Use 

  • Correction collars (choke, prong, or shock-collars)
  • Squirt bottles
  • Physical corrections (kick, poke)
  • Vocal corrections (yelling, scary noises)
  • Intimidation (staring down, growling)

What is Clicker Training?

Clicker training is a nickname given to an animal training method based on a bridging stimulus (the clicker) in operant conditioning. The system uses conditioned reinforcers, which a trainer can deliver more quickly and more precisely than primary reinforcers such as food.

The term "clicker" comes from a small metal cricket noisemaker adapted from a child's toy that the trainer uses to precisely mark the desired behavior. When training a new behavior, the clicker helps the animal to quickly identify the precise behavior that results in the treat. The technique is popular with dog trainers, but can be used for all kinds of domestic and wild animals.

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