Dog Training Books
The former category focuses on behavior modification, usually disregarding typical and natural behavior of dogs. 1. However, the main supporter of the technique was William R. So, this technique can be explained by operant conditioning principles.
Negative reinforcement is the process that strengthens a behavior because an unpleasant situation is stopped or avoided as a consequence of that particular behavior. They also claim that training collars (choke, prong and shock) are harmless because dogs have a high threshold of pain.
These people also claim that positive trained behaviors are not reliable under variable circumstances.
Although very common, those claims are not true. 3. Mixed techniques use both positive and negative reinforcement. While choke collars are common tools, it seems that mixed techniques are friendlier to dogs than traditional training.
Several champions of canine sports have been trained under a mixed approach using positive as well as negative reinforcement. Perhaps the main reason for the use of mixed techniques in those sports is that some behaviors, such as leaving an attack sleeve, are very difficult to train without negative reinforcement.
Although trainers who use mixed approaches also use positive reinforcement, they usually avoid using food as a reinforcer. Some of these people also tend to use non-violent procedures. Detractors claim that there is a lack of solid arguments in these techniques. However in the mainstream community, this might not be a viable solution, unless you want really angry neighbors, who are annoyed by your constant whistling. Dog training whistles have evolved from our need to train the dogs, to listen to our commands. Invented by Francis Galton in the 1880s, the dog training whistles, also referred to as Galton’s whistles, are a great tool to get your dog’s attention. While some have peas and others do not, there are others which combine two whistles into one, to have dual frequencies for producing different dog whistle sounds. Based on the length of the cylinders, the pitch of the whistle varies.
However there are no magical powers that will pull your dog to the sound or make it respond to the whistle commands. So for the ‘sit’ whistle command, give the verbal command followed by the whistle sound that the dog learns to associate the command with it. I really don’t know how many of you have faced this situation, but when you are sick and lying in bed, sad and depressed the sound of pattering paws and the touch of a wet nose and the feel of the soft fur of man’s best friend, surely lifts up our spirit and makes us forget our illness for the time being. You are right, I am talking about the therapy dogs who are trained to bring joy to all those who are sad and depressed, who are sick, and who need company when human company push them away. Dogs have a healing power in them which can make us forget all our worries, no matter how grave they are and even if they cannot solve the problem, they can at least make us forget about it for some time. Show them who is the master. Some dogs can take advantage of their master’s soft behavior and try and behave in a stubborn manner and that will make training it difficult.