You don't need to use aggressive or painful training methods to get results. For everything from potty training & puppy classes to human aggression, one of our trainers has the skills you need.
While there are many training methods out there, our trainers will never use force, pain or fear to train your dog. Instead, we will focus on teaching your dog what we'd like them to do in a given situation, rather than punishing them for the behavior we don't like.
There is ample scientific evidence that the use of positive training methods is not only effective for modifying any behavior, it's also better for the physical and emotional health of the dog when compared to the use of averse methods.
The Pitfalls of Punishment
In the past, most dogs were trained using punitive methods. Obedience champions, police & military k9's, hunting dogs and the family pet were all trained in this manner. Over time however, the dog training community evolved based on the newest scientific research. It was found that dogs who were trained using force, pain and fear often suffered from behavioral fall out.
When we get rid of a behavior, but don't fix the underlying cause the behavior will get worse. For example, if a dog growls at the UPS man but is punished every time they do so the growling will likely stop. However, the growling was the dog's way of telling their person "I'm uncomfortable!". If they aren't allowed to express their discomfort and keep the UPS man out of their space, it's likely the UPS man will get too close to the dog and get bitten.
What Can be Done Instead?
There is no need for the UPS man to be bitten. In fact this scenario is preventable with positive training methods. Instead of punishing the growl, a positive trainer will help your dog to learn that the UPS man is actually a nice guy. The need for the growl will go away, and the dog emotional state will be greatly improved.
By choosing a positive trainer, you're making the best decision for you and for your dog. It will lead you to years of happiness with your canine companion. Remember, we can train any new behavior and change any existing behavior with our fun and force-free methods. Say no to pain, for the love of the dog!
How to Select a Trainer
When choosing a dog trainer, always as the following questions: 1) What type of training equipment will you use? A positive trainer will never use choke, prong or e-collars (shock). 2) What will happen to my dog when he get's it right? A positive trainer will reinforce the desired behavior with food, toys, affection or praise. 3) What will happen to my dog when he get's it wrong? A positive trainer will ignore or redirect the behavior.