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There is nothing negative with negative reinforcement
My approach to Dog Training, behavior modification and dog obedience training is based on years of study. As one of the foremost students of dog behavior I have seen firsthand the effect of a combination of Operant Conditioning, Positive Reinforcement and Negative Reinforcement.
I have made these techniques the centerpieces of my training philosophy, which specializes in the elimination of aggression, fears, anxieties and phobias in dogs, as well as typical nusaince dog behaviors.
At Phoenix Dog Training we are always eager to counteract the flashing red lights some people see when they hear the word “negative reinforcement.”
Don’t let the term Negative reinforcement scare you, because in truth it isn’t negative at all! In fact it is non-aversive, as we don’t believe any dog should be trained with fear, pain or intimidation. As an example consider the following:
I am walking a dog and want to turn right
The dog wants to continue going straight
I tap the dog on the shoulder to get its attention so it can turn with me
That is all there is to negative reinforcement!
By combining all of the aforementioned aspects of training, Phoenix Dog Training are able to make their intentions clear to puppies and dogs. By opening the lines of communication he is able to provide a low stress atmosphere for puppy training and canine training while getting lasting results in a fraction of the time of other Phoenix dog trainers.
We are committed to providing dog training classes that offer the least amount of stress and the quickest results. Remember, we are training you as well as your dog, and the knowledge and insight you’ll gain into your dog’s mind and regarding the techniques with which to communicate your wishes will result in lasting good behavior and a more balanced home life. Contact us today for help with training your dog and correcting unwanted behaviors. (602) 769-1411
A Brief History of Dog Training: What You Need To Know
HISTORY OF DOG TRAINING; This article will be about dog training. Specifically, it will be a brief history of dog training. Dogs have lived and worked with humans for as long as history can recall, providing us with companionship, security and assistance. The idea of training a dog is not new; in fact, dogs have been helping us to hunt, track, guard and herd livestock, as well as assist the disabled for centuries. However, even in our modern world, humans still cannot agree on which methods or theories are best to train a dog to behave as a pet. Most of the disagreements on how to train a dog come from the two major camps of dog training methods: Force Extremists and Positive Reinforcement Extremists.
The Rise of Negative-Enforcement Only Training in The History of DogTraining
As far as the history of dog training goes, During the Great Depression, dog training began to grow in national popularity. At this time, food was scarce for humans, much less dogs, so trainers did not use edible treats to reward a dog for good behavior. Instead, good behaviors were rewarded with praise and undesirable behaviors were corrected with a small punishment, such as a quick jerk on a choke chain. This would condition the dog to avoid performing behaviors that cause pain.
One cannot talk about the history of dog training without mentioning William Kohler. The most popular pioneer in this dog training method was William Koehler, author of the best-selling dog obedience book The Koehler Method of Dog Training from 1962 – 1982. Koehler believed that training was a battle of wills and that it was harmful to dogs to allow them to go without correction for bad behaviors. While Koehler was a great trainer (you may have seen some of his four-legged students in Disney’s The Incredible Journey) he did not fully accept animal behavior theories. He assumed that dogs would understand why they were being punished and learn from it, as a rational person might. Anyone who has trained a dog knows that a dog does not learn behavior in the same way a human might, though they most certainly take cues from well-behaved owners.
Koehler’s influence and his status in the history of dog training, remains very evident in some of the popular training methods of today, especially those that insist that dogs have a pack mentality and are always involved in a conspiracy to take dominance from the humans. Here is an example of how this mentality is way of misunderstanding a dog: if your dog pulls you along on walks and you never take the time to teach him to walk with you, it is not the dog’s fault for being dominant. He likely has a desire to see and smell the world around him and does not understand that he must walk along with you rather than do as he pleases. This is not because he thinks he controls you, but by not setting rules and boundaries for the way your dog interacts with the world while on a leash, you effectively teach him that it is okay to pull you along. You do end up following him when he pulls you, so he is assured that you will be there with him while he does whatever he wants. What the dog really needs is to be trained to walk nicely because it is expected of him and in his best interests, and he will not learn that on his own.
A Generation of Only Positive Reinforcement Training in More Recent History of Dog Training
The generation that came after Koehler, and earlier history of dog training, in the 1980s championed a more positive dog training style that focused on rewarding good behavior with food or toys rather than correcting mistakes. One of the founders of this movement, veterinarian Ian Dunbar, started the then-unusual practice of puppy socialization, off-leash training and the lavish use of treats for rewards. Total Positive Reinforcement remains popular today, but unfortunately is unreliable when used alone and without any negative reinforcement whatsoever. This approach is fairly laissez-faire (hands-off) because it requires you to literally wait for the dog to decide on its own to behave in the desired way without any guidance from you. For example, if you tell your untrained dog to “sit” using only positive reinforcement, you must literally wait for him to decide to sit and then lavishly praise him when he does. He does deserve a reward for sitting, but if he does not understand what the command means to begin with, then you have not taught him anything. By the time he sits down, he has forgotten the cue “sit” altogether, and perceives that you are randomly giving him a treat. Not only does it take a long time for the dog to do what he is told, but he also may get frustrated when he does not have a clear expectation of what you want. Appropriate negative reinforcement would help in this case by allowing you to say the command “sit” at the same time as you push the dog’s rear end onto the ground. Once the dog sits, you can remove your hand from his behind and reward him with praise or a treat. Repetition of this activity allows the dog to connect the word “sit” with the physical act of sitting.
Attempting to use a clicker and treats to train a dog is only effective in very controlled environments. Your dog may be motivated to sit and stay for a treat while in his own home, but the second you have him sit and stay in an uncontrolled environment and he sees something more interesting, his desire to interact with that distraction (chasing a cat, wrestling with another dog, stealing a child’s ice cream, etc.) is going to be much stronger than his desire to have a treat. The fact that you have a polite dog at home means absolutely nothing when his behavior is out of your control where it matters: in public.
Balanced Dog Training Method Used by Phoenix Dog Training
Balanced Dog Training
No matter what the history of dog training shows us, it is true today that Negative Reinforcement, when used in conjunction with positive reinforcement does not mean pain, punishment or harsh corrections. Instead, in the Balanced Dog Training method, used at Phoenix Dog Training, negative reinforcement is a way to show the dog what it needs to do. For example, when you train a horse to turn to the left when the left rein is pulled, you are essentially using the annoying sensation of the bit in the horse’s mouth to show the horse what you want it to do. The horse reacts to alleviate the annoyance of the bit. Conversely, if you respond to undesirable behaviors by giving in to them, you only allow your dog to control you. Compare this to the analogy of a child throwing a tantrum in a store after his mother does not buy him a candy bar. If the mother gives in after his tantrum and gets the kid some candy, the child realizes that he has just taught his mother a new trick. He now assumes he can always have his way by throwing a tantrum. This same principle applies with dogs.
Phoenix Dog Training is able train dogs quickly and effectively because we take the time to understand why your dog acts out and work to motivate a total behavior change both in you as the owner and in your dog. Our Balanced Dog Training approach and method combines all aspects of learning theory and is constantly improving. As our knowledge grows, our toolbox of dog training tools expands, allowing us to find the right fit for each unique animal we meet. We also give you the tools you need to be the kind of owner your dog needs and provide him with the structure and attention he needs to continue to behave as he should with our lifetime guarantee.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
I highly recommend Phoenix Dog Training and their Dog Behaviorist in Phoenix. My dog had severe Dog Anxiety and Severe Dog Aggression. I thought I would have to euthanize my dog as I had been told by several other trainers. It was not until I contacted and met with the Dog Behaviorist from Phoenix Dog Training that I was told that my dog could be saved. It has now been over 8 months and my dog is no longer afraid of everything, and no longer aggressive towards people and dogs. I can't thank Phoenix Dog Training and Will, the Dog Behaviorist enough for saving my dog.
After researching and contacting several dog trainers I finally was able to get all my questions answered. Will took his time on the phone with me to fully understand my dogs problems and my needs. He was flexible with the king of training and methods I wanted to use with my dog. I have owned many dogs in my life and I did not want a method of training that was punitive. Will assured me that I would be part of the decision making process as to what tools] and methods would be used to train my dog. I spoke with many other trainers and watched many youtube videos. All the other trainers were very rigid in their training method and approach. I was looking for someone who would customize the kind of training I was looking for and Will was very flexible and accommodating. I had a very fear aggressive Pit Bull and several trainers I spoke to told me to put my dog down. many others wanted to use punishing methods to make my dog submissive. my dog was already afraid and I knew that would only make things worse. Today thanks to Will and Phoenix Dog Training, I have a dog who is more confident and I have been able to manage his aggression. I would highly recommend Phoenix Dog training for any one with an aggressive dog and a dog with anxiety. I still have work to do and I have to keep up with the training. Its more about training me, but I feel I have the skill and the knowledge now to have a happy and much less reactive dog.
My wife and I contacted the Dog Behaviorist at Phoenix dog training because we had worked with several trainers here in Phoenix to help us with our aggressive Rottweiler. No other trainer was able to help us our dog Jake's aggression towards strangers and other dogs. We had two trainers who told us to put our dog down, and another trainer who got bit and never came back and stoped taking ur phone calls. Many other trainers told us on the phone that they did not work with dogs that appeared to be so aggressive. Will the Animal Behaviorist came out to do a very in depth assessment that lasted almost three hours. He was very knowledgeable and and you could tell he was very different than a typical dog trainer. It was more like meeting with a psychologist or a medical professional. He not only assessed all of Jake's history and behavior, but also looked at all of Jake's medical records. Once Will was done with the assessment he said he suspected that there may be some medical contributing factors that other trainers missed and did not know about but, but medical tests that our Veterinarian had not done on Jake that may be part of Jake's aggression. Will had us do additional medical testing, and confirmed his suspicions of Hypothyroidism and a neurochemical imbalance. He had us first treat these two medical condtitions and then came back out to do a follow up assessment. During that time, he made several follow up phone calls and had us score Jake's behaviors to various triggers to measure any change while treating the medical problems he found as part of the aggression. After six weeks we met again and as a result of treating Jake's medical conditions, Jakes behavior had already improved by about 60%. Next Will put together a very detailed training and behavior modification program. We had a lot of homework and a lot of training to do to desensitize Jake to his triggers that made him aggressive. After about five months of intense training with Phoenix Dog Training we have a completely different dog> . today we can now have guests over and Jake is relaxed and no longer aggressive. We can take walks with Jake and he is no longer wanting to attack other dogs. I am so glad we did not give up on Jake and did not listen to those other trainers. I now know the value of hiring an Animal Behaviorist and one who specializes in Dog Aggression. I will forever be grateful to Will and Phoenix Dog Training for what they have done for myself, my wife, Jake and the quality of life we have been givien back. Jake is so much calmer and happier today. Our dog's quality of life has drastically improved. Thank you to Will and Phoenix Dog Training. They are the best trainers and behaviorists in Phoenix hands down!!!
Absolutely the best trainer in Arizona. I worked with the animal behaviorist in Phoenix Dog Training. He came to my house for training in Mesa. My dog Sylvester had terrible fear aggression and would run the other way for anything he saw or heard. Within just a few sessions of training and behavior modifications the animal behaviorist had Sylvester calm and listening and not running away. I plan on doing addition training to get Sylvester more training by doing the off leash dog training. Sylvester's dog aggression and dog anxiety are gone thanks to Phoenix dog training and their animal behaviorist.