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positive reinforcement dog training

POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT DOG TRAINING

POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT DOG TRAINING

POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT DOG TRAINING is a MUST if you want a HAPPY DOG, that enjoys doing the work.

positive reinforcement dog training

In today’s dog training you will hear a lot about POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT DOG TRAINING. 

I use mostly positive reinforcement in the dog training that I do.  There was a time when all I did was positive reinforcement dog training.  Prior to that the dog training I learned back in the 1970’s had very little positive reinforcement.  Dog Training back then was harsh, heavy compulsion training.

The dogs got trained, but you could tell by the look in the dog’s face and its body language that the type of compulsion training that was being done had fallout.  In this case it was the mental well being of the dog. 

So back in the 70’s  most dog training was heavy compulsion training that involved heavy leash and collar corrections usually a prong collar or a choke chain.

Then in the 1980’s the dog training pendulum swung far in the opposite direction to the use of positive reinforcement dog training.  “CLICKER TRAINING” by pioneer Karen Pryor, took off like crazy.  It got to the point that dog trainers gave up corrections completely, everything became total positive reinforcement dog training.  Pryor and her group of clicker training devotes extolled the use of TPR or Total Positive Reinforcement.

The Clicker trainers took over, at least the voice of clicker trainers did, and boy were they vocal.  This trend of Total Positive Reinforcement Trainers started to claim only their brand of training was science based, which is false.  Science based dog training includes positive reinforcement but it also includes negative reinforcement and punishment.

Positive Reinforcement Dog Training and the positive reinforcement only dog trainers began a nationwide campaign to vilify any dog trainer that used correction no matter how mild the correction might be.

They made big claims that ANY behavior could be trained in or trained out with positive reinforcement dog training ONLY.  This included severe dog aggression to humans with a severe bite history.

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Fast forward to 2018 and realize that over the last 30 years dog bite hospital admissions tripled.  Dog Trainers that are total positive reinforcement had had a feel good marketing campaign since the beginning.  Their claim, ALL DOGS and ALL BEHAVIOR can be modified with total positive reinforcement and food.

When the total positive reinforcement only dog trainers fail to get the desired results such as with a dog with a bite history and severe aggression to humans, their answer is to euthanize the dog.

Really!? They want to euthanize the dog.  They will kill a dog before using a correction.  They deem the dog “untrainable.”

Today more and more dog trainers and more and more dog owners are taking a balanced approach to dog training using a lot of positive reinforcement, but also using humane corrections, punishment and negative reinforcement.

Great dog trainers go beyond total positive reinforcement and are highly skilled in the use of negative reinforcement and punishment.  These dog trainers are skilled at using corrections that DO NOT CAUSE any psychological damage to the dog.

Be careful when looking for dog training for your dog.  If it sounds too good to be true it probably is.  If you have a dog with difficult behavior problems, positive reinforcement dog training ONLY has limitations.  You are taking away half of the way animals communicate.  

Dogs correct other dogs!  I’ve never met a total positive reinforcement DOG!


Keri Grunert
Keri Grunert
05:11 18 Jan 18
Phoenix Dog Training is Phenomenal!! From the very beginning we knew we were in good hands. They worked so well with our whole family. Getting the kids involved in the training was brilliant. We would definitely recommend this company.
Tyler Thompson
Tyler Thompson
15:37 30 Nov 17
I recently called Phoenix dog training to train my out of control hyper Australian Shepherd. The training was excellent and the service was A+ all the way. I have used two trainers before that could not help with the pulling on walks when any dog came by and jumping on guests. Now "Molly" knows to go to her "Place" when the door bell rings. Walks are now enjoyable. I can even take her off leash and she stays right with me. I can not thank you enough.Tyler Thompson
Jose Rivas
Jose Rivas
21:11 25 Jul 17
My wife and I highly recommend Phoenix Dog Training. Our dog, a Labrador Retriever/German Shepard Mix, (Mr. Pickles) was trained last summer and we could not be more happy with the results. Mr. Pickles has been an excellent dog ever since his training. Everyone that comes in contact with our dog is amazed by his obedience and uncanny maturity even though he is not even three years old. He has acted perfectly on an international flight in-cabin, in the grocery store, restaurants and practically any situation one can imagine. My wife and I have Phoenix Dog Training to thank for training our dog to be the most well behaved dog we have ever seen or met. Phoenix Dog Training understands dog behavior and knows how to train a dog to meet the needs of their owners. Phoenix Dog Training utilizes empathetic, efficient, and effective methodologies in training dogs and we give them an emphatic recommendation!
Charles F Frost
Charles F Frost
20:30 21 Sep 17
I was referred to Phoenix Dog Training by our Veterinarian because of our Boxer Max, and his aggression.Phoenix Dog Training and their Harvard schooled Animal Behaviorist did an incredible job helping myself and my family bring Max under control. We realize we will need to manage Max's behavior for as long as he is with us, but now we have the skills and the tools to keep Max and everyone happy and safe. Thank you for all the great training help and support with our dog Max.
The German Star Lord
The German Star Lord
06:53 20 Sep 17
I have always trained all of my dogs myself. I have never had a dog I could not train. My current dog Jasper is the exception. I truly thought my dog had a mental problem. Thanks to Phoenix Dog Training I no longer think Jasper is mental. Jasper just needed his owner trained. I would recommend Phoenix Dog Training to anyone needing professional dog training.
B B
B B
03:45 17 Sep 17
I am so grateful I found Phoenix Dog Training. I live up in North Scottsdale and have a large yard. We get a lot of wild animals that come onto our property. Coyotes, Havelina, Bob Cats Mountain Lion, you name it. The problem I was having was my dog Skip would not come when called. No matter what we did he would not come when called. He would call me when there were no distractions. He would come when nothing was going on. But up another dog or another person or another animal is there, he will not come for anything! I have tried several other dog trainers in Scottsdale. They all promised me they could get my dog to come, and they did a great job getting my dog to listen to me when there were no distractions. But if there's another animal, they were not able to get my dog to come when called. Out of frustration and skeptical, I called Phoenix dog training. They said they had a money back guarantee. I figured if there was ever a time they would have to honor their money back guarantee it would be with myself and my dog Skip. To my absolute amazement, the dog trainer from Phoenix Dog Training was able to get Skip to come with the distraction of another dog he brought with him within about 3 minutes! It was absolutely crazy!!! No one had been able to produce any results, and here they have skip coming when called with another dog around, skip would normally go crazy. But this time he was coming when called! I would definitely recommend Phoenix Dog Training!!! They saved my dog from being eaten from a Mountain Lion I'm sure!!!
Paras Dhankecha
Paras Dhankecha
06:03 19 Sep 17
I really want to thank you guys. Phoenix Dog Training has made my dogs life and my life so much better. I get to finally enjoy my dog. Walks are now a pleasure. She sits and stays when I tell her. When I call her to me, now she comes. I love the "place" command and that seems to be her favorite command too. I'm looking forward to the Polishing and Maintenance classes that Phoenix Dog Training offers after our completion of our private at home dog training lessons. Thank you again.
Numb Brrr
Numb Brrr
21:45 20 Sep 17
Phoenix Dog Training is AMAZING! They rehabilitated my aggressive PitBull when 3 other trainers failed and told me the only option was to euthanize my dog. Boy am I glad I did not listen to the other trainers and hired a real Dog Behaviorist. It is very different working with a professional Dog Behaviorist than just a Dog Trainer. It was worth the money and the time to save my dogs life. Definitely hire Phoenix Dog Training.
Linda Shoemaker
Linda Shoemaker
00:20 23 May 18
My husband, our Great Dane Misty, and I are so glad we signed up for training. We so appreciate all the training we received to help us better manage our girl. So much better but still a ways to go and now we have the knowledge and help we needed. We also know that anytime we have a question or issue that Bill will be there to help. Highly recommend. Jack, Linda, and Misty Shoemaker
Melinda McClean
Melinda McClean
01:12 05 Jun 18
My wife and I are more than happy with the work that Bill did for us, and our dog. We reached out to him for one-on-one training, frustrated and concerned about her reactive behavior. His knowledge of dog behavior is extensive, and his ability to impart that knowledge was exceptional. We learned more in one day, than we did in 6 months of group training with another organisation. Bill guided us through the training, and explained how we should progress through to maintenance, so that our dog's progress could continue. We've received many positive comments about our dog's improved behavior and we highly recommend Bill. He's given us the knowledge and confidence that we need to work with our dog.
Amanda Szolnok
Amanda Szolnok
18:18 27 Aug 18
I greatly appreciate Bill's help and support as my dog was going through some severe separation anxiety (barking loudly and whining anytime I left) after moving to a new apartment. I tried many different tips from multiple articles that I read online but nothing seemed to help. His barking was very loud for an apartment complex so I would need to keep him in doggy day care during the day while I worked as he couldn't be left alone in the apartment due to the noise level. It was a brand new behavior for my dog and I was pretty lost as to what steps to take. It seemed like a hopeless situation however Bill was very helpful and provided great insight and guidance in the situation. My dog is now doing great and is fine to be left alone while I go to work. He is very comfortable in the apartment and is back to being happy and playful. I really appreciate Phoenix Dog Training.
Lisa Richter
Lisa Richter
02:38 05 Mar 19
Bill came to our home and did an in depth evaluation of our beloved Irish Terrier Benji, who not only was disobedient, but also fearful of children...this is problem considering I have a 2 & 4 year old running around. My husband Mark and I sought out Bill due to his knowledge as an animal behaviorist and trainer as we were not getting the desired results with another trainer. Bill really came through for us and we couldn't be happier. It feels good and gives my husband and I peace of mind knowing we have control over Benji especially when around our children. Thanks a million Bill!!!
Robert Weedman
Robert Weedman
03:03 03 Mar 19
I own vizsla and he was more than rambunctious at only 4 months. After training with Phoenix dog training he is now good in public and in dog parks off leash. I never knew I could have a dog be so obedient and loving. Thank you for making my pet a full time best friend for life.
Marilyn Knapp
Marilyn Knapp
03:07 06 Mar 19
Awesome caring wonderful experience!! The best there is for dog whisper!!! Highly recommend would not go to anyone else to train a problematic dog!!
Carol Peck
Carol Peck
21:13 26 Jan 19
Bill did a terrific job training our little rescue dog and us! Ziggy was about a year old when he was dumped in neighborhood and hadn't even been house trained. He's come a long way thanks to Bill.
T Gant
T Gant
00:42 08 Mar 19
I would highly recommend to any dog lover! He’s the best.
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