Dog Training Philosophy
When it comes to training dogs, there are many different philosophies and dog training techniques used by different dog trainers. Some reality television celebrities have quickly become famous with their methods and stirred controversy among certified dog trainers. If you are looking into a new dog training career, you will want to know the differences between these philosophies in order to select a school that offers the program you are most comfortable with. Here is a quick look at the training philosophy and techniques utilized by Animal Behavior College.
Relationship Building Foundation
One of the first lessons our dog training school teaches our students when becoming a dog trainer is how to build a close relationship with canines. We believe this can be accomplished through constant positive interaction with dogs; thereby creating a healthy foundation on which even the most difficult challenges can be easily solved. We also found that once a proper dog and human relationship is established, dogs are more likely to learn faster and less likely to display unwanted behaviors.
Once students have established healthy relationships with their dogs, they are ready to learn animal training techniques, such as teaching dogs new behaviors through luring, shaping, capturing and molding, all of which focus on positive reinforcement. For example, lure training involves using a desirable object, such as a toy or treat, to teach dogs their cues. Likewise, the shaping method also focuses on positive reinforcement by teaching behaviors in small steps and rewarding each step along the way until the dog has learned the entire behavior.
Operant Conditioning Principles
ABC also trains dogs by teaching the principles of operant conditioning, a process of changing behavior by rewarding or penalizing a dog each time an action is performed until the dog associates the action with pleasure or displeasure. There are four components used in this training philosophy: positive reinforcement, negative reinforcement, positive punishment and negative punishment. While our focus is on positive reinforcement techniques, we also believe that a comprehensive education is vital to your animal career, which means that we include an education on aversive techniques as well.
For more information on our training philosophy, please contact Animal Behavior College today.