It is 2018 and somehow we still hear about all these outdated or “old school” training techniques and methods. We get it, trust me… Throwing a choke, prong or E collar on a dog is snappy and effective with those of us with little time and patience. In a highly convenient world, these methods seemingly work well, right?
Did you know? Here at Dog Gon’ Good Time, we think otherwise. We are 100 percent force free walkers and we actively promote science based training methods with professional force free trainers. Science based training is the way of the future and we are constantly learning new ways to adapt and keep our fur babies safe, happy and pain free!
“My prong collar is hurting me mom and dad! Ouch…” –
A note from Jess: “Trust me when I tell you that prong collars work – they work fast and well! But just because they do work, does not mean that you should be using them on your dog. I know, because in the past, I used one for my own rottweiler. The trainer I used, fully believed in dominating my dog and I trusted him to know what he was doing but I do not recommend aversive training anymore. My dog is asked to do something in a low and happy tone and she is happy to comply with what mommy asks for. My dog is always asked if she would like someone to pet her before allowing them to do so. Only when she says yes, will I allow anyone to approach my dog. When my dog reacts to a stimulus on leash, I calmly lure her away with treats and a happy tone until she feels safe and can calm down again. My dog is treated as my equal; I do not dominate her and I am not forcing her with punishment to submit to me. If I can successfully walk my 120 pound rottweiler with a flat collar and loose leash, you can too with a little help and patience!”
Our dogs cannot verbally speak up and tell us when something is downright uncomfortable but they do an excellent job at showing us with their bodies. Contrary to belief, humans necks are thicker than a dogs neck. Have you tried wearing a prong and being corrected yet? A proper correction with a prong collar is a very quick snap under the dogs jaw line which is a sensitive area. Prong collars hurt and this is a simple and undeniable fact, especially when using this training device the wrong way which we see all the time. Would you want to run over and sniff something amazing, if you risked getting jabbed in the neck? Wouldn’t you cower in fear every time you were excited, jumped on someone and got corrected? Wouldn’t you inevitably listen to avoid feeling pain? It’s time to take a walk in our dog’s shoes.
“I ran into the woods to discover a fun and exciting scent and I take my time coming back to you when you call my name the first time, then I jump up out of nowhere because I felt this weird and unpleasant feeling go through my body…”
Another method I have used in the past, are E or zap collars. These collars are designed to essentially make your dog listen to you or he will be punished with an electric zap to his neck. Sounds pleasant, doesn’t it? Dogs are dogs and they are animals. Yes, we humanize them and yes, they are members of our family but that doesn’t change the fact that their natural instincts are always going to be there. A dogs sense of smell is extremely keen compared to a human: A dog contains about 225-300 million smell receptors, as compared to just 5 million of these receptors being present in a human nose. Dogs gain important information from their nose – why do we feel compelled to punish them for taking their time to sniff something longer than their owner would like or for simply being a dog?
What is positive reinforcement training?
“Positive reinforcement is a very effective way to train dogs (and other animals). Positive reinforcement means adding something immediately after a behaviour occurs that makes the frequency of the behaviour go up. Technically speaking, the term breaks down into two parts. Reinforcement means the behaviour continues or goes up in frequency. (If the behaviour went down instead, it’s not reinforcement) and positive means something is added. For example, you ask the dog to sit, the dog sits, and you give him a treat (something is added). The dog is more likely to sit next time you ask (the behaviour was reinforced).” (Victoria Stillwell)
Dogs love food and this is a highly effective motivational tool used for positive reinforcement training. Methods include: food, play or praise. Many studies have proven that dogs who were trained using positive reinforcement versus aversive techniques are more obedient.
Dog Gon’ Good Time is a professional pet care service with a small team of force free dog walkers and pet sitters! We encourage our dogs to use their nose and sniff away while being loose leash walked. We carry those yummy treats on us, if we run into a time where we need to redirect their attention back to us, to avoid a dangerous situation. We use high pitched sounds to ask the dog to follow along with us, instead of us dragging them around. Most importantly, we let dogs be dogs and we want them to be happy and feel loved. We will always care about your dog and his well being! For more info or to sign up for services – visit us at doggongoodtime.com