How Do Our Dogs Learn From Us

Conditioning. Training by conditioning relies on consistently patterned performances and responses without causing emotional responses like fear or pain. Conditioning requires repetition. Quality dog training involves conditioning. Expect to repeat yourself in order to create new behaviors.

Compulsion. Compulsion is a scary word with many misconceptions. Compulsion does not mean force. We use compulsion in dog training all the time. When we place our dog in a SIT position, we are using compulsion. Physically requiring our dog to move or not move in any manner is compulsion. The key to keeping compulsion a useful training method is through making it a positive experience. You must never motivate your dog physically in a manner that is threatening, is intimidating, or causes the dog pain.

Aversion. Aversion training relies on one or two exposures of a sufficiently negative stimulus to create an avoidance response from your dog.

How many times did you need to touch the glowing element on the stove before you knew that it would be unpleasant? Boundary training uses aversion training so our dogs really won't want to cross the boundary.

Dog Owners Handbook

Dog Owners Handbook

There are over a hundred registered breeds of dogs. Recognizing the type of the dog is basically associated with its breed. A purebred animal belongs to a documented and acknowledged group of unmixed lineage. Before a breed of dog is recognized, it must be proven that mating two adult dogs of the sametype would have passed on their exact characteristics, both appearance and behavior, to their offspring.

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