What Exactly is Reward-Based Training?

What Exactly is Reward-Based Training?

I work with a national network of professional dog trainers, all of whom are the most successful in their communities.  They have an incredibly high success rate, and all of them commit to working with their clients until they accomplish all of their training goals.

The trainers I work with have all taken my Professional Dog Trainer’s Course at some point in their careers, and all of them offer reward-based training.   Often, however, we are asked exactly what this means, so I thought I’d take the opportunity this blog gives me to explain what that means to our trainers and their clients.

These days in dog training, people think that there’s just two ways that dogs are trained.   There’s the old, punishment-based style of training where your dog encounters some form of punishment whenever he does something wrong.  Usually people think that this is an extremely harsh method of training that is associated with old school, military style trainers.  (In reality, even trainers who claim to be just the opposite employ, and recommend to their clients, this type of training.)

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