HOW DOGS LEARN

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Phoenix Dog Trainer Operant condition dog behavior science of how dogs are trained

HOW DOGS LEARN

HOW DOGS LEARN

OPERANT CONDITIONING THE SCIENCE BEHIND DOG TRAINING: HOW DOGS LEARN AND ARE TRAINED

how dogs learn operant conditioningHow dogs learn might be the most important question you could ask.  At Phoenix Dog Training, our  approach to dog obedience training is based on years of study. As one of the foremost students of dog behavior, our Phoenix Dog Behaviorist has seen firsthand the effect of a combination of Operant Conditioning, Positive Reinforcement and Negative Reinforcement, and has made these techniques the centerpieces of his training philosophy, which specializes in the elimination of aggression, fears, anxieties and phobias in dogs.

HOW DOGS LEARN 

At Phoenix Dog Training we use about 90% positive reinforcement and about 10% negative reinforcement.  I also use negative punishment which is the removal of something the dog wants to decrease or stop unwanted behavior.  An example of negative punishment is to take away your kids WiFi password until they do their homework.  You are trying to stop or decrease the child’s procrastination.  With a dog it might be removing a treat or a toy.  This is one of the many ways how dogs learn.

I personally do not use positive punishment because I do not believe that how dogs learn has to be to experience fear, pain and intimidation to be taught. But I do use negative reinforcement, but in a unique way.

This being the case, Here 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 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
  • I stop tapping on the dog’s shoulder when the dog performs the wanted behavior.

HOW DOGS LEARN 

That is all there is to negative reinforcement!  People often confuse negative reinforcement with punishment.  the two are not the same.  Negative reinforcement increases and or strengthens behavior.  Punishment stops or decreases a behavior.

Traditionally, how dogs learn and the use of negative reinforcement has been to apply an unpleasant stimulus to the dog, and then help the dog to do the behavior in order to remove the unpleasantness.  The dog works to turn off the unpleasant stimulus, or to avoid it all together.  Different trainers will use negative reinforcement differently.  How unpleasant the stimulus is varies from trainer to trainer.

My experience and work with how dogs learn has shown me that negative reinforcement really does not need to be a true aversive.  To me when I think aversive, I think pain or unpleasant.  In fact, here is the dictionary definition of aversive:

” aversive. adjective. Causing avoidance of a thing, situation, or behavior by using an unpleasant or punishing stimulus, as in techniques of behavior modification.”

I have personally developed a system based on how dogs learn and the use of negative reinforcement that uses a non aversive tactile or touch sensation that is nuetral.  The tactile or touch sensation is not unpleasent, demonstrated by the dog’s behavior, there is no avoidance.  The tactile or touch stimulus becomes a tactile cue, prompt, or command that is paired with both auditory and visual cues, adding another layer of communication to both verbal commands and hand signals.  I use multiple modalities of communication with dogs for more complete understanding and clarity of communication. 

What the dog experiences is very light non aversive tapping on its neck while being given a verbal command along with a visual command (hand signal.) When the dog does the behavior, the light tapping stops.  Rather than being an aversive, it is neutral touch, or a non painful tactile touch.

I have seen mothers speaking to their children who did not respond to them, touch the child on the shoulder to get the child’s attention with light touch and to get them to follow through on what the mother was asking.  That is non aversive negative reinforcement.

Another example of non aversive negative reinforcement that people experience is the seat-belt indicator.  If you don’t put your seat-belt on, there will be a sound going off or a light going off until you fasten the belt.  Once you do the behavior, the sound goes away.  There was no pain, at most it was an annoyance.  

HOW DOGS LEARN 

There are total positive reinforcement only trainers that can not conceive of non aversive negative reinforcement.  They like to say their way of training is scientific, but they fail to discuss ALL of the science.  The total positive reinforcement trainers want to claim how dogs learn is only with positive reinforcement.  They refuse to correct a dog. One of the reasons they can not conceive of non aversive humane negative reinforcement is because they have ZERO experience with it. They are giving their opinion on something that they have never done.

By combining all of the aforementioned aspects of how dogs learn, Phoenix Dog Training Dog Trainers are able to make their intentions clear to puppies and dogs. By opening the lines of communication Phoenix Dog Training 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 how dogs learn and providing dog training in Phoenix 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. 

Thanks for reading and hopefully you have learned a little something about how dogs learn.

Phoenix Dog Training are the best dog trainers we have found in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. Their Dog Behaviorist has personally helped us with our dogs as we had a tough case. Our dogs are doing great and we would never go to anyone else to train our dogs. The people, service and knowledge of training dogs is the best we have seen by far! I would recommend them to all my friends and family! Thank you!– Greg and Jody Fossen


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how to potty train a puppy

HOW TO POTTY TRAIN A PUPPY

 

HOW TO POTTY TRAIN A PUPPY

How to potty train a puppy or dog, young or old, in 21 days is meant to be a basic guide for potty training.  Individual instruction and results may vary and this FREE HOW TO POTTY TRAIN A PUPPY Guidebook is not a substitute but a supplement for private training and consultation.

 

how to potty train a puppy

HOW TO POTTY TRAIN A PUPPY INTRODUCTION

 

There is nothing more exciting and fun than when you acquire a cute new puppy or dog, and nothing more frustrating than having your cute new puppy or dog using your house as a toilet.

 

Potty training your new puppy or new older dog does not have to be stressful, and it does not have to take a long time.  There are some very specific and very simple guidelines that have to be followed if you want to learn HOW TO POTTY TRAIN A PUPPY

 

Your ability to follow these very specific and very simple training guidelines will be in direct proportion to the level of success you have potty training your new puppy or older dog.

 

If you are absolutely consistent and follow each of the steps involved outlined in this book, you will have success in 21-Days or less.


TOOLS YOU WILL NEED IN LEARNING HOW TO POTTY TRAIN A PUPPY:

 

  • A four (or six) foot leash
  • A dog crate or kennel (big enough for your dog to lay down in comfortably)
  • Some small “High Value” treats (cheese or cooked chicken)
  • A small battery operated portable black light (spot spotter UV URINE DETECTOR)
  • An enzymatic cleaning product like “Nature’s Miracle” or my cleaning product of choice, “Get Serious Extractor”
  • Plastic PVC to create an 8×4 foot rectangle (the outside potty place)
  • Pee post by simple solutions
  • Deodorant, perfume, or cologne that you wear on a regular daily basis
  • A small box of Q-tips
  • Dog whistle
  • Journal to predict wins and record progress

HOW TO POTTY TRAIN A PUPPY FIRST THINGS FIRST!

“The 2 Golden Rules”

 

What is the “GOLDEN RULE?”  First and foremost the most important rule in Potty Training your new puppy or older dog is:  

 

  • RULE #1. “SUPERVISE AND WATCH YOUR DOG AT ALL TIME OR YOUR DOG GOES IN ITS DOGGIE CRATE!”

                                     

 

You will never get your puppy or dog potty trained if you can not correct your dog’s accidents “in the act” at the exact moment “Fluffy” is peeing or pooping in your house!

 

While you are potty training your new puppy or older dog, and you have 21 Days with NO accidents, you need to keep your new puppy or older dog with you ON A LEASH AT ALL TIMES!  If you cannot watch your dog and have “Fluffy” with you by your side on a leash, then your puppy or dog has to be in his or her doggie crate!

 

  • RULE #2.  “WHEN YOUR DOG IS NOT IN THE DOGGIE CRATE, KEEP YOUR HIM/HER WITH YOU ON LEASH AT ALL TIMES IN YOUR SIGHT NO MATTER WHAT!

In order to successfully potty train your new puppy or older dog you have to have “Fluffy” with you to teach the “NO” of going potty in the house and the “YES” of going potty outside.  Your dog has to have you be there with them to teach this.  

 

Puppies and dogs only learn what you teach them and what you allow.  The biggest mistake dog owners make when trying to potty train is to let their puppy or dog out of sight and this allows the puppy or dog to have unseen, uncorrected potty accidents in the house.  This leads to the dog into thinking that it is “OK” to go in the house and anywhere else the dog wants to go potty.

WHEN IT COMES DOWN TO HOW TO POTTY TRAIN A PUPPY  TIMING IS EVERYTHING!

“Correcting & Rewarding in the act”

how to potty train a puppy timing

 

The next most important thing to learn and to practice religiously is that “TIMING IS EVERYTHING!”  

 

The way puppies and dogs learn is in the moment, in the now, in the act.  You have less than a ½ second to pair a correction to interrupt your dog’s unwanted “no behavior” of potty accidents in the house, and less than a ½ second to pair a reward with your dogs “yes behavior” of going potty outside in the “potty place!”

 

 

  • RULE #3. “YOU HAVE TO CORRECT YOUR DOGS POTTY ACCIDENTS IN THE ACT, AND YOU HAVE TO REWARD YOUR DOG WHEN HE/SHE IS GOING POTTY OUTSIDE IN THE CORRECT POTTY PLACE IN THE ACT OR YOUR DOG WILL NEVER LEARN TO “CONNECT THE DOTS!”

 

 

You have to watch your dog at all times and have your dog with you on leash by your side so when he/she has a potty accident you are their to correct the “NO BEHAVIOR” – the potty accident in the act as it is occurring.  If you correct your dog, even 5 seconds after the fact, “Fluffy” will have no understanding why he or she is being corrected.  

 

The same rule holds true about teaching your dog where to go potty outside in the correct “Potty Place.”  You need to physically take “Fluffy” outside to the correct “Potty Place” on leash on a regular “Potty “Schedule.”  You need to have hidden on your person some “high value” treats like small cut up pieces of cheese or small cut up pieces of cooked chicken.

 

ALL ANIMALS ARE MOTIVATED BY REWARDS.  THE BIGGER THE REWARD THE BETTER THE MOTIVATION TO PERFORM AND DO THINGS RIGHT; That being said, pull out the “Big Guns” when it comes to food rewards when potty training.  Find what your puppy or dog likes “the best.”  In most cases it is a human food treat that they rarely or never get.  Stay away from bland dog treats or kibble that may offer little motivation to your puppy or dog.  Reward your puppy or dog with super high value food rewards when your dog or puppy goes potty in the correct “Potty Place” until you have NO ACCIDENTS for 21 Days!

Remember in learning how to potty train a puppy you have to reward in “the act” of going potty right when it is happening in the correct “potty place” Also keep in mind you have less than a ½ second to pair a food reward with your puppy or dog’s correct behavior of going potty outside in the correct “potty place.”  You have to reward your dog in the act in the exact moment when your dog is squatting and in the act of going potty for your dog to learn and “connect the dots.”

Let’s go over some key points to remember in how to potty train a puppy so far.

 

HOW TO POTTY TRAIN A PUPPY PAWFECT POTTY TRAINING IS AS EASY AS 1….2….3….

 

  • RULE #1. IN HOW TO POTTY TRAIN A PUPPY “SUPERVISE AND WATCH YOUR DOG AT ALL TIME OR YOUR DOG GOES IN ITS DOGGIE CRATE!”

 

  • RULE #2. IN HOW TO POTTY TRAIN A PUPPY “WHEN YOUR PUPPY OR DOG IS NOT IN THE DOGGIE CRATE, KEEP YOUR NEW PUPPY OR OLDER DOG WITH YOU ON LEASH AT ALL TIMES IN YOUR SIGHT NO MATTER WHAT!

 

  • RULE #3. IN HOW TO POTTY TRAIN A PUPPY “IF YOU WANT TO GET YOUR DOG SUCCESSFULLY POTTY TRAINED, YOU HAVE TO CORRECT YOUR DOG’S POTTY ACCIDENTS IN THE ACT, AND YOU HAVE TO REWARD YOUR PUPPY OR DOGS GOING POTTY OUTSIDE IN THE CORRECT “POTTY PLACE” IN THE ACT OR YOUR DOG WILL NEVER LEARN TO “CONNECT THE DOTS!”  TIMING IS EVERYTHING!  

 

  • The biggest mistake new puppy or older dog owners make when learning how to potty train a puppy is to let their puppy or dog out of sight and this allows the puppy or dog to have unseen, uncorrected potty accidents in the house.

 

  • Reward your puppy or dog with super high value food rewards when your dog or puppy goes potty in the correct “Potty Place” EVERY TIME until you have NO ACCIDENTS for 21 Days!

We have already talked about rewards.  The fact that they should be “high value” rewards like small pieces of cheese that you have and the importance of rewarding in the act within a ½ second of “Fluffy” squatting to pee in the correct “potty place.” It is important to reserve special food treats for only going potty outside in the correct “potty place”. By holding back food rewards and treats and saving them for only potty training, “fluffy” will be more motivated to go potty in the right place and you will have faster success in potty training your puppy or dog!

 

I need to address and spend a minute talking more about corrections, and especially corrections when potty training.

 

As I stated earlier in this potty training guide, you have to correct “Fluffy” in the act.  You have a ½ a second or less to pair a correction with the “NO Behavior” of your dog going potty in your house.

When correcting a puppy or dog for potty training, I recommend and like using a dog whistle.  There are many reasons that I like and use a dog whistle to correct a dog for going potty in the house.

 

I don’t believe a puppy or any dog needs to experience fear, pain or intimidation to learn.  

 

Dogs learn best by gentle or neutral (non punishing) interruptions of unwanted behavior, and positive reinforcement of the correct behavior when our timing of reward and corrections are in the moment as the desired act or unwanted act is happening.

 

NEVER USE A CORRECTION THAT CAUSES FEAR PAIN OR INTIMIDATION WHEN POTTY TRAINING YOUR PUPPY OR OLDER DOG.

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When learning how to potty train a puppy, many dog and new puppy owners make the mistake of using punishment to correct their puppy or dog when potty training.  This can cause stress in the puppy or dog and can make the problem worse. Studies have shown that many puppies and dogs have an increase in potty accidents when punishment is used.

 

Puppies and Dogs can urine mark and or defecation mark because of anxiety and stress.  Both punishment, any kind of “fear, pain, and intimidation,” in addition to poor timing of corrections such as coming home to an accident that may have happened 15 minutes ago and scolding, hitting, or rubbing your dog’s or puppy’s nose in the mess will only make potty training worse, and take a lot longer.

 

Instead of punishment based correction try just correcting your dog by interrupting your puppy or dog’s behavior.

 

A non-threatening sound can get your new puppy or dog’s attention and interrupt an unwanted behavior like having a potty accident in the house.  

 

Benefits of using a dog whistle to interrupt your dog’s unwanted potty accidents are many.

BENEFITS OF USING

A SILENT DOG WHISTLE WHILE LEARNING HOW TO POTTY TRAIN A PUPPY!

dog whistle how to potty train a puppy

  • NO MORE YELLING OR MAKING SILLY SOUNDS

 

  • NO NEED TO WAKE UP OR DISTURB YOUR CHILDREN, FAMILY, FRIENDS, OR NEIGHBORS

 

  • NO MORE NEED TO PUNISH OR CAUSE FEAR IN YOUR PUPPY OR DOG

 

  • CONSISTENTLY AND EFFECTIVELY INTERRUPTS YOUR PUPPY OR DOG’S UNWANTED “NO BEHAVIOR” POTTY ACCIDENTS IN YOUR HOUSE

 

  • CAN BE WORN AROUND YOUR NECK FOR QUICK, EASY, AND CONVENIENT USE TO INTERRUPT YOUR PUPPY OR DOG’S “NO BEHAVIOR” INSTANTANEOUSLY

 

  • CAN ALSO SERVE AS AN AUDITORY MARKER, AND CUE THAT POTTY IS TO HAPPEN OUTSIDE IN THE CORRECT “POTTY PLACE”

HOW TO POTTY TRAIN A PUPPY and DOG CRATE TRAINING

“It’s a doggie den, safe place, NOT a

Jail or Punishment”

 

I want to discuss some brief issues about crate training.  There is not time in this book to go in-depth into all of the steps to successfully and properly crate train your puppy or older dog, especially if you have a difficult puppy or dog to crate train.  

 

Complete and in-depth information and steps to Successful Crate Training EVEN THE MOST DIFFICULT DOG OR PUPPY can happen in as little as JUST 7-DAYS!

 

For the purposes of this eBook on Potty Training, we need to be clear that a crate is a vital tool to successful potty training.

 

Some new puppy or dog owners feel bad about having to crate their puppy or dog, in some cases, even for short periods of time.  A few dog and puppy owners have the wrong idea about a crate, and view it as punishment, a jail cell for their puppy or dog, and may not realize that all puppies and dogs have a “den” instinct that is experienced by the puppy or dog as a safe, calm place, with a strong genetic and biological basis for it’s behavior.

HOW TO POTTY TRAIN A PUPPY TEACHING THE “POTTY PLACE”

 

Train Your Puppy or Dog to Go Outside in the right spot EVERY TIME!

 

Wouldn’t it be nice if your dog could learn to go potty outside in the correct spot every time? Your dog can and will!

 

First we need to discuss what the “potty place” is, how to create it, and then how to teach your new puppy or dog to use the outside “potty place” every time!

 

The “potty place” is a specific location that is created by using PVC pipe as a visually identifiable area and boundary where your new puppy or dog will be taught to go potty every time.

 

To build the “potty place” is very easy. If you don’t have any PVC lying around or anything similar, you can always go to your local hardware store. But you’re going to want your potty place to be 8×4 feet.

 

Once built, find an easy and convenient place in your yard area for your new dog or puppy’s outside potty place.

 

Once we have built our potty place and once we find a good location to put it we are ready to teach you and your dog how to use this and learn to go potty outside in the correct place every time!

 

Remember we had discussed earlier that it is absolutely important to supervise your new puppy or dog at all times or they need to be in their dog crate.  We need to be able to correct wrong “NO Behavior” in the act every time for successful potty training.  We also need to reward every correct “YES Behavior” every time your puppy or new dog goes potty in the correct outside potty place every time.

 

In the beginning of your potty training it is absolutely important to bring your dog outside to the “potty place” very often.  I recommend at a minimum you take your dog out to the outside potty place at least every two hours while you are teaching your dog to be successfully potty trained.” When you take your dog outside to the potty place be sure to leash your dog.  This will be important to lead and guide your puppy or dog to the correct place, and to stay there until they go potty.

 

Most puppies and dogs will go to the bathroom within the first 4 or 5 minutes you take them outside.  There is no need to keep your puppy and yourself outside for a half an hour or longer. It is best to get your puppy to the potty place often, to do its business quick, and to get back in the house.  We want to make sure that your new puppy or dog is sure what the potty place is for, and that it is not about messing around, but for leaving their mess!

If you want to know when the best times are to get your dog outside to go potty in the correct potty place with success, you should keep a POTTY JOURNAL.

Keeping and maintaining a potty journal is easy. Every time your dog goes potty you write this time in your potty journal.  This will include pee and poop.  You will note in your journal: each time your dog eats, each time your puppy or dog drinks water, and each and every time your new puppy or dog goes potty or poop in the house. As well as each time your puppy or dog goes potty or poop outside.

 

By keeping a journal, we can begin to predict when your puppy or dog will need to go potty or poop, this is absolutely important so we can preempt an accident and wrong “NO Behavior” and to ensure more success in getting good “YES Behavior” by taking your new puppy outside to go potty in the correct place.

 

In your journal you want to note how long after your dog eats, that he or she poops.  You want to note after your puppy drinks water, how long it is after your puppy goes potty.

 

By keeping track of what goes in…(water & food), we can learn to predict when things will come out…(pee & poop) This is done so that when you find your dog’s bathroom cycle, you can be sure to get outside with your new puppy or dog at just the right time, every time.  By doing this we will have much greater success with potty training, and this process will be trained much faster.

 

If you discover that every time your dog eats, lets say 30 minutes later there is a poop accident or the puppy had gone poop outside 30 minutes later and this becomes a pattern, you will come to realize if we want to be successful, we should get your puppy outside to poop 25 minutes after he or she eats.  We can predict when poop will happen. The same rationalization and idea holds true for potty as well.  If you find that 45 minutes after your new puppy or dog drinks water that there is almost always a pee accident or there is successful pee happening at the outside potty place, you know that it is best to get your puppy or dog outside to the potty place at around 40 minutes after they drink.  

 

After just a few days keeping a potty journal, you will see a pattern emerge as to your new puppy or dog’s potty habits and behavior.  Use this to your advantage when learning how to potty train a puppy!

 

Another important item of information that should be noted in your potty journal is how many times your new puppy or dog will pee or poop in a potty break.  Don’t assume that if your puppy or dog poops one time outside in the correct potty place that you have success. How many times does your puppy poop?  Some dogs and puppies poop two or three times when let out to go poop.  Some puppies and dog’s pee three or four times when outside.  Many puppy and dog owners make the mistake of bringing their new puppy or dog back in the house after one poop or one pee, only to experience an immediate pee or poop accident inside as soon as they come back into the house.

 

“Many puppy and dog owners make the mistake of bringing their new puppy or dog back in the house after one poop or one pee, only to experience an immediate pee or poop accident inside as soon as they come back into the house.”

 

So we have built the “potty place,” kept a journal to help us predict when your new puppy or dog needs to eliminate, and we have done a great job of supervising or confining in the doggie crate.

 

We need to remember that dogs learn in the “here and now,” and they learn by immediate consequences and immediate rewards.  Remember we need to correct your dog in the act by interrupting the “NO Behavior” and reward with food the “YES Behavior” as your dog eliminates in the correct outside “potty place.”

 

You will want to bring your new puppy or dog out to the “potty place” very often.  I recommend every hour if possible. When you take your dog or puppy to the potty place have your dog on leash, take your puppy to the potty place. Keep your dog in the confines of the clearly identified potty place. Make sure you have food rewards to immediately reward your dog as it eliminates.

 

As your new puppy goes potty or poop, you want to OVERLAY an ELIMINATION COMMAND OR CUE; I recommend one word that is used for both potty and poop.  I like to use the word “potty.”

 

It is important to note that eventually if you consistently overlay a command or cue at the exact instant “Fluffy” goes poop or potty and then to immediately reward with food, “Fluffy” will eventually learn that the command or cue, “potty” means to eliminate.  This process usually takes 30 to 50 repetitions before your new puppy or dog will connect the dots so to speak and understand that the command means the behavior we are rewarding.

THE IMPORTANCE OF PROPER ACCIDENT CLEAN UP IN HOW TO POTTY TRAIN A PUPPY!

how to potty train a puppy clean up

Dogs have a nose that is 10,000 times stronger than that of their human owners.  There are many cleaning and odor removal products that do a good job of getting the stain out and getting the odor out at a human level.  You need special products with the power to get the odor out at the level of the dog’s super scent abilities.

 

There are two products that work great, they are, Nature’s Miracle, or Get Serious Extractor.  Make sure you read the directions carefully and use as directed.

 

Another useful tool is the have a blacklight or UV accident detector for finding EVERY accident.  Many new puppy or dog owners are surprised when they find many accidents that they never new about by UV detection.

 

I don’t like the dog to see me cleaning up any accidents, so I make sure that he/she is crated and out of sight of the cleaning process.  

 

Once you have identified all accident areas by UV light detection, clean up the accidents with Nature’s Miracle, or Get Serious Extractor.  Be sure to come back to the accident area 24 hours later with your UV black light to ensure the stain and odors are gone for good.

 

The next step is to mark the territory with your scent.  It would be silly to mark over your dog with your urine, but you can simulate this by taking a small amount of deodorant you may wear daily and marking over the accident.

 

This is easy to do. Take a Q-Tip cotton swab, apply a small amount of your deodorant to it, and rub the deodorant across the area where your new puppy or dog peed or pooped.

 

This will have the same effect as marking and taking back your territory.

It can be additionally effective to take your new dog or puppy back to the accident areas and do some basic obedience commands like sitting and staying in the exact area where your dog or puppy has had an accident.

 

Q: “Should I invest and obtain a dog door to help with potty training and how to potty train a puppy?”

A: In difficult cases it can help to have a dog door and place a double door dog crate up against the dog door.

 

With a crate/dog door set up, the one door is removed off of the dog crate.  The crate is placed up flush with the dog door.  Your new puppy or dog can leave the confines of the dog crate and go outside.  Your puppy or new dog can also come in through the dog door into the house, but is limited to just inside the dog crate, This setup is good to avoid in home accidents, and is good for the puppy or dog who will have accidents in the dog crate.

 

The down side of a doggie door is that many new puppy or dog owners will forego formal potty training and just depend on the doggie door/crate set up.

 

There is no short cut to proper potty training, and if you don’t follow all the steps provided in this training guide, you may have setbacks or a much more difficult time in successful potty training.

 

If you do follow all of the steps in this potty training guide, you should be able to teach any new puppy or dog to be potty trained in about 5 to 7 days.  By having diligent follow up for two weeks longer, you should have relative permanence in potty training in just 21 days.

 

If you have a puppy or dog that needs crate training, be sure to download our Guide on Crate Training.

 

Consistency and patients will go a long way in your potty training success as well as following EACH and EVERY step.  Good Luck and happy tails.

 

Contact us for additional email or phone support help in addition to your e Book purchase.

 

HOW TO POTTY TRAIN A PUPPY PAWFECT POTTY TRAINING IS AS EASY AS 1….2….3….

how to potty train a puppy book

 

  • RULE #1. IN HOW TO POTTY TRAIN A PUPPY “SUPERVISE AND WATCH YOUR DOG AT ALL TIME OR YOUR DOG GOES IN ITS DOGGIE CRATE!”

 

  • RULE #2. IN HOW TO POTTY TRAIN A PUPPY “WHEN YOUR PUPPY OR DOG IS NOT IN THE DOGGIE CRATE, KEEP YOUR NEW PUPPY OR OLDER DOG WITH YOU ON LEASH AT ALL TIMES IN YOUR SIGHT NO MATTER WHAT!

 

  • RULE #3. IN HOW TO POTTY TRAIN A PUPPY “IF YOU WANT TO GET YOUR DOG SUCCESSFULLY POTTY TRAINED, YOU HAVE TO CORRECT YOUR DOG’S POTTY ACCIDENTS IN THE ACT, AND YOU HAVE TO REWARD YOUR PUPPY OR DOGS GOING POTTY OUTSIDE IN THE CORRECT “POTTY PLACE” IN THE ACT OR YOUR DOG WILL NEVER LEARN TO “CONNECT THE DOTS!”  TIMING IS EVERYTHING!  

 

  • The biggest mistake new puppy or older dog owners make when trying to potty train is to let their puppy or dog out of sight and this allows the puppy or dog to have unseen, uncorrected potty accidents in the house.

 

  • Reward your puppy or dog with super high value food rewards when your dog or puppy goes potty in the correct “Potty Place” EVERY TIME until you have NO ACCIDENTS for 21 Days!

 

  • Many puppy and dog owners make the mistake of bringing their new puppy or dog back in the house after one poop or one pee, only to experience an immediate pee or poop accident inside as soon as they come back into the house.

 

For help with how to potty train a puppy or any dog training needs call Phoenix Dog Training at (602) 769-14141

 

 

 

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Board and Train In Phoenix

BOARD AND TRAIN IN PHOENIX

BOARD AND TRAIN IN PHOENIX AZ

Board and Train in Phoenix AZ Dog Training

 

PHOENIX DOG TRAINING was one of the first dog training companies in Phoenix Arizona to offer a Board and Train in Phoenix AZ. Back decades ago, I actually coined the term “Dog Boot Camp” for Board and Train type Dog Obedience Training. There has been a great deal of popularity in the dog training field to do what is called Dog Board and Train programs. Some might refer to these Dog Board and Train programs as Dog Boot Camp or Dogie Boot Camp.

There are basically 2 kinds of dog training programs that fit the definition of “Board and Train in Phoenix AZ.’

(1) Kennel based Board and Train in Phoenix AZ and

(2) In the Dog Trainer’s home for Board and Train in Phoenix AZ.

DOG BOARD AND TRAIN IN PHOENIX DOG TRAINING PROGRAMS SHOULD BE THE LAST OPTION

Dog Board and Train Dog Training Programs sound really great, but there can be many problems with this type of training, and sending your dog away for training.

WARNING: DOG BOARD AND TRAIN IN PHOENIX AZ BENEFITS THE DOG TRAINERS POCKETBOOK RATHER THAN HAVE YOUR DOG’S BEST INTEREST AT HEART.

Board and Train in Phoenix

Kennel Based Dog Board and Train is the worst!  Dog Training should happen at the home of the dog where the dogs training and behavior problems exist.  The best place for dog obedience training is at your home with in-home dog training working one on one with a dog trainer or dog behaviorist.

Most dog behavior problems will not be fixed in a kennel.  A kennel is nothing like the inside of a home, much less the inside of your home.  So if your dog needs potty training, is destructive and or hyper in the home, along with having other in home bad behaviors, there is a less that 30% chance they will ever get addressed because your dog is not able to misbehave in a kennel.  There is nothing to get into trouble in the kennel.

Most dog training kennels have many dogs, most with bad behavior, making your dog all the more freaked out and stressed being away from you, your home and everything that id familiar and feels like home.

Sending your dog to a kennel Board and Train in Phoenix AZ also means you subject your dog to illness and disease from other animals, a possible dog attack, and less than optimal living conditions.  One popular dog training company in Cave Creek Arizona even had 28 dogs die at their facility not too long ago. There are dangers with board and train

Dogs that are trained in a kennel based Board and Train program tend to revert back to their old behaviors within 3 weeks of returning home.  In some cases the behaviors are back as soon as the dog comes home.

 IN THE DOG TRAINER’S HOME FOR BOARD AND TRAIN IN PHOENIX AZ

Board and Train in Phoenix AZ Dog Training

 If you absolutely can not do in-home dog training with private dog training lessons, or dog obedience classes with your dog, you could opt for a Dog Board and Train in Phoenix program where the dog trainer takes your dog into their own personal home and have your dog stay with the dog trainer in their home like they are a member of the dog trainers own family.

The ONLY way the Phoenix Dog Training does any Dog Board and Train in Phoenix AZ is the type where your dog will live in my home with me as a member of my household.

Phoenix Dog training ONLY takes in ONE dog at a time to make sure your dog is getting the non stop 24/7 dog training and care you are paying for.   Always stay away from any kennel based board and train and go with the type of board and train program where your dog lives in a real home where real in home problems can be addressed.

Phoenix Dog Training only takes one dog at a time when and if we do a Dog Board and Train program typically we need one to two months advanced notice to check to see if we have availability.

Call PHOENIX DOG TRAINING at (602) 769-1411

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Dog Obedience Classes Phoenix Arizona

DOG OBEDIENCE CLASSES

DOG OBEDIENCE CLASSES

Dog Training Phoenix

Dog Obedience Classes, are they right for your dog? Dog Obedience Classes,  did you know this is the worst way to train your dog?

Dog Obedience Classes are typically the worst way to train your dog. Imagine a dog obedience class that has say 8 dogs with little to no training. Now imagine that those same dog obedience classes have say 8 unskilled and untrained owners. What you end up with typically are dog obedience classes that are an hour long of chaos and distractions with very little learning taking place.

About 70% of the dogs we train here at Phoenix Dog Training have been to previous dog obedience classes. What I typically here from clients is, “We went to a pet chain store for group training. “Fido” still wont listen, especially when there are distractions and things in the environment are excitable. When new people come over to the house, the dog is hyper and jumping and wont listen. I hear that there dog pulls like crazy on the leash, or is reactive towards other dogs or aggressive on leash.

WHY DOG OBEDIENCE CLASSES OFTEN ARE THE WORST PLACE TO TRAIN YOUR DOG

Many dogs after attending dog obedience classes have behavior problems at home that have never been fully addressed and corrected like: stopping a dog from jumping, how to potty train a dog, stopping unwanted dog barking, preventing and correcting dogs from chewing destructively, how to stop puppy biting, how to crate train a puppy or a dog; the list can go on forever with any dog behavior problems that are specific to your dog’s home and your dog’s yard and neighborhood.

Every professional dog trainer knows that the best way to train a dog is with private in-home dog training at your home where you and your dog live. This is where the problems are happening. At home is where the training for your dog needs to be. Dogs learn new behaviors best when taught with lots of positive reinforcement and in the beginning in a place where your dog can be trained with little to no distractions.

DOG OBEDIENCE CLASSES TRAIN DOGS BACKWARDS BY HAVING DISTRACTIONS COME FIRST

There are three main phases in dog training. A professional dog trainer will teach you that the three phases of dog training are:

  1. The learning or teaching phase of dog training
  2. The correction phase of dog training, and
  3. The distraction proofing phase of dog training

There should be little to know distractions in the first phase of dog training when first training your dog for the first time new behaviors, or what to do.   By their very nature dog obedience classes are inherently very distracting.

First, you and your dog are doing dog training in an environment and a location that is completely new and novel. Second, you have all kinds of new people, new dogs, not just one, but many, all having the same experience. Dog obedience classes are way too distracting to start training your dog in a group dog training class. The distraction phase of dog training comes last in dog training, not first. All professional dog trainers know this, but many offer group dog training classes in Phoenix because it is very profitable to have the group volume of business.

GROUP DOG OBEDIENCE CLASSES SHOULD HAPPEN LAST FOR POLISHING AND MAINTENANCE

Group dog obedience classes should happen last for polishing and maintenance of the dog training that you and your dog trainer worked on when doing private in-home dog training.

Here at Phoenix Dog Training, we offer Polishing and Maintenance Dog Obedience Classes. These group dog training classes are with dogs that have already had professional dog training at home with one of our Phoenix Dog Trainers. The benefit of having group dog training classes after previously private dog training lessons, are many. First all the dogs in our Phoenix dog obedience classes are trained and under control. These dogs have a strong foundation in dog obedience training while working with our Phoenix dog trainer at your home. Second, all the dog owners and dog handlers in the group dog obedience classes now have skills working with and training their dogs.

PHOENIX DOG TRAINING GROUP DOG OBEDIENCE CLASSES ARE UNIQUE

At Phoenix Dog Training, our group dog obedience classes take the dog training you and your dog learned at home with private dog training, and our Professional Dog Trainer, and take it to the next level with an insane amount of distraction proofing in dog training. Phoenix Dog Training provides the best of both worlds. Our Dog Training Company and Professional Dog Trainers believe a dog is not trained until the dog can listen and until your dog can behave when its crazy, when all heck breaks loose as far as excitement and distraction. If you want a reliable dog then your dog must be able to listen to your dog training commands even in the craziest of distractions. While you can definitely get the distraction in group dog obedience classes, you will not have the reliability and control that private dog training at home will provide you, then following up to polish your dog training skills and maintain your dogs training.

Written by Phoenix Dog Training. If you have a dog or a puppy in need of dog training or puppy training you can contact us at;

Company Name: PHOENIX DOG TRAINING

Address: 3724 E. Morrow Dr., Phoenix, Az. 85050

Phone: 602-769-1411

Email: info@phoenixdogtraining.com

Web: https://phoenixdogtraining.com

 

 


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How to teach a dog to stay video by Phoenix Dog Training

HOW TO TEACH A DOG TO STAY VIDEO

HOW TO TEACH A DOG TO STAY VIDEO

I get asked all the time How to teach a Dog to Stay. Dog owners tell me they can get their dog to sit and their dog might stay, but their dog will not stay when there are distractions. The times when you need your dog to stay is when there are distractions.

  • Does your dog stay when there are heavy distractions?  
  • Will your dog run off or stop listening when there are a lot of distractions?  
  • Is your dog safe in a down stay command around traffic, children or other animals?
  • Will your dog maintain a down stay command when there is a lot of excitement and chaos going on in the environment?    

If you answered no to any of these questions this dog training video, “How to Teach a Dog to Stay” is a must see dog training video.

HOW TO TEACH A DOG TO STAY STARTS WITH THE DOWN COMMAND

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A dog will always be more reliable in a stay command if the dog is commanded to stay when laying down.  I watch people start to teach stay from a sit command and I always tell them it is a mistake to start to teach stay from sit.  when a dog is in the down position they are more committed to stay by the nature of their body position and posture.

Start teaching the stay when the dog is in the down command or down position.  If your dog is standing or if your dog is sitting your dog is less likely to stay when there is a distraction.  To start to learn how to teach your dog to stay, we always make it the easiest and most successful for the dog and owner to succeed.  Starting to teach your dog to stay is best started in the down position.  

Once the dog can stay in a down command with heavy distractions, teaching your dog to stay in a sit command or to stay while standing is easy.  All the hard work and foundation work on how to teach a dog to stay is done from the down command.

NEVER SAY THE WORD STAY!

How to teach a dog to stay

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In the training programs for Phoenix Dog Training we never say the word or say the command “stay.”  “Stay” is a useless and unnecessary word and command. at Phoenix Dog Training all of our Phoenix Dog Trainers teach three commands as AUTOMATIC IMPLIED STAY COMMANDS.  The three commands that are taught at Phoenix Dog Obedience Training that are automatic implied stay commands are “Down,” “Place,” and “Sit.” “Sit” means to sit and stay, “Place” means to go to your place and stay.  “Down” means get in the down position and stay laying down.

How to teach a dog to stay does not happen with the words we use or the commands we use.  How to teach a dog to stay happens as a result of teaching a dog that staying with distractions has value for the dog in the form of a high value reward.

  • If you ask your dog to sit and stay, and your dog breaks from the stay command what would you tell your dog next?
  • If you ask your dog to go down and stay, and your dog stands up or walks away, what would you tell your dog next?
  • If you asked your dog to down and stay and your dog does not, do you say down again?  Do you say stay again?  Do you say down and stay again?  Do you say NO?

GIVE ONLY ONE COMMAND 

Phoenix Dog Training how to teach a dog to stay

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Dogs think and learn in “black and white” terms.  Keep it simple and keep it consistent. In how to teach a dog to stay, use only one word for stay.  The one word to use for stay should be “Down.” “Place,” and “Sit.” Why would you want your dog to do anything else then what you just asked your dog to do?  If I command my dog, “down,” I expect my dog to be down.  If my dog gets up, my dog broke the “down” command.  What is clearest to the dog is to re command “Down.” Down was what was commanded.  Down was what is wanted.  When Down does not happen re command Down.

The dog obedience commands of “Down,” “Place,” and “Sit,” ARE ALL STATIONARY COMMANDS to begin with.  The use of the word or command stay with one of these three stationary non movement commands is redundant, unnecessary, and only adds to confusion when learning how to teach a dog to stay. 

RE COMMAND THE LAST RIGHT BEHAVIOR

Dog Training Phoenix how to teach a dog to stay

 

  1. When learning how to teach a dog to stay your job is to give a command that is stationary by nature such as the “Down” command.
  2.  The next step is to keep the dog in the “Down” command and reward with positive reinforcement the correct behavior of down.  
  3. The third step is to re command “Down” anytime your dog stops the down command and behavior.

CREATE DISTRACTIONS AND REWARD CORRECT BEHAVIOR

When learning how to teach a dog to stay, the behavior is learned by creating distractions and rewarding the dog with positive reinforcement for not taking the bait of the distraction and maintaining the stationary command.  The behavior of staying when there are distractions is shaped by presenting the bait of a distraction and rewarding the dog if it does not take the bait.  The behavior of staying when there are distractions is also shaped by re commanding the behavior when the dog does take the bait.

HOW TO TEACH A DOG TO STAY HAPPENS FAST WHEN YOU COMMUNICATE IN A WAY THAT MATCHES AND MIRRORS THE WAY YOUR DOG THINKS AND PROCESSES INFORMATION.

Dog Trainer Phoenix how to teach a dog to stay

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We have often heard that “communication is key.”  When communication is clear, precise, and can be predictive as to a certain pattern, you are “speaking dog!”  Dogs are dialectical in nature.  Dogs learn by classical conditioning and by operant conditioning.  

Classical conditioning happens when two things are paired or bridged together.  An example of classical conditioning is when your cell phone rings you answer it.  The behavior of answering your phone when it rings is learned because the phone ringing has been paired with answering your phone. The timing has to be just right to make the connection between two or more things when they are being paired.  for the example of learning how to teach a dog to stay, the word or command down and the behavior of going down are paired and matched.  the dog learns with the repetitive timing of the word down with the behavior of down, what “Down” means.

Operant conditioning is basically the use of well timed rewards and consequences to shape behavior to increase or decrease.  Behaviors that are rewarded increase.  Behaviors that have consequences decrease.  An example of Operant conditioning in the “Down” as an implied stay training exercise is when the dog gets a high value food reward for staying in the down position when their are distractions.  Another example is when there is the consequence of not getting a food reward, and getting some leash pressure and re command into “Down.” 

With well timed rewards and consequences and very “black and white” communication even difficult behaviors like how to stay when there are insane distractions can be taught with relative ease.

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If you are struggling with having your dog listen, pay attention, be obedient and respond to commands, Give Phoenix Dog Training a Call today at (602) 769-1411

 

 

 


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Phoenix Dog Aggression Trainers

PHOENIX DOG TRAINING | DOG AGGRESSION | HOW TO STOP DOG AGGRESSION

PHOENIX DOG TRAINING | DOG AGGRESSION | HOW TO STOP DOG AGGRESSION

Dog aggression and how to stop dog aggression, and what to do to stop your dog from being aggressive, is what most of my calls are as a Dog Behaviorist. At Phoenix Dog Training, about 80% or more of the dog training problems we deal with is dog aggression. It can be heartbreaking to have a family pet that you love and that are great in so many different ways, but perhaps your dog is aggressive towards people, or your dog is aggressive towards other dogs. What can be particularly scary and heartbreaking about dog aggression is when you have multiple dogs fighting in the house.

Phoenix Dog Aggrssion Trainers

There are various types of dog aggression. Here are just a few types of dog aggression.

  • Fear Aggression
  • Territorial Aggression
  • Dog on Dog Aggression
  • Dog Aggression Towards Humans
  • Food Aggression
  • Toy Aggression
  • Fence or Gate Aggression
  • Dominance Aggression

The most common type of  Dog aggression is fear aggression. Almost all aggression is fear related aggression. Animals, including dogs, only go into “fight or flight” when there is a perceived threat. Many of the above listed types of aggression have fear as their primary motivator. Some dogs are afraid they will loose their food. Some dogs are afraid they will loose a bone or a favorite toy. Some dogs are afraid that their space or territory is in danger or being threatened. Some dogs fear that their owners are in danger or may experience a threat.

In many cases of aggression it can be difficult to see any real reason for the dog’s aggression. There are about 3% to 7% of dogs with genetic and neurochemical contributing factors to their aggression. This type of aggression can be the most difficult to deal with. In this type of aggression there may be no “real” threat to the dog yet the dog feels there is a threat and becomes reactively aggressive.

The number one goal is to properly assess the type of dog aggression and all of the many contributing factors that might play a role in the dog’s aggression. Old school dog training used to just assume basically any dog that was aggressive was just trying to be “alpha” and was showing dominance. After many decades of scientific research and studies on dog aggression, today we know that is rarely the case. In over 30 years as a dog aggression expert and dog behaviorist who specializes in dog aggression and has worked with and helped some of the most aggressive dogs in the country and abroad, I can honestly say true dominance aggression is very rare, and todays science and studies on aggression in dogs concurs with what has been my experience.

As a result of the latest scientific studies and research on dog aggression, we know today that the last thing you want to do is punish, harshly correct with pain, fear or intimidation, or dominate your dog with an ‘alpha roll.’ These outdated old school dog training methods have never show any long term success in rehabilitating an aggressive dog with lasting results and lasting success. These harsh methods actually add more stress and pressure, along with adding more fear to the dog that is already experiencing something it finds threatening. We want to teach the dog that there is no threat, that the dog can be calm and safe. These old school correction based Dog Obedience Training methods that are harsh do the opposite. We often see other trainers have limited success for a week or two until the dog then snaps and becomes even more aggressive, and often times the dog can become aggressive toward the owner who has been wrongly taught to give a harsh correction to their dog. This is what for real serious cases of dog aggression you need a dog behaviorist.

Phoenix Dog Training has the highest success rate when it comes to treating and rehabilitating dog aggression anywhere in the country. A lot of what Phoenix Dog Training and our Internationally Acclaimed Harvard Dog Behaviorist do is fix and treat aggressive dogs that other dog trainers cannot rehabilitate. We have rehabilitated many dogs that some top trainers and celebrity TV dog trainers have not had lasting success with. Our approach and our system to treat and rehabilitate dog aggression is based in the latest science, and research on dog aggression behavior modification, counterconditioning, and desensitization, along with the latest science in canine cognition.   At Phoenix Dog Training our Harvard Educated Dog Behaviorist specifically studied canine cognition at Harvard University and used that knowledge and education to create what is today’s most successful dog aggression rehabilitation training system.

If you have a dog with an aggression problem call today to schedule an in depth 2-3 hour behavioral assessment and evaluation. After completion of our behaviorist assessment you will be provided with a treatment plan and behavior modification program that we can begin to work on that day to bring about the needed change in your dog’s aggression.

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Dog Training Phoenix

PHOENIX DOG TRAINING | PHOENIX DOG BEHAVIORIST | SEVERE DOG OBEDIENCE AND BEHAVIOR

PHOENIX DOG TRAINING | PHOENIX DOG BEHAVIORIST |SEVERE DOG OBEDIENCE AND  BEHAVIOR

Even The Most Severe Dog Behavior Issues Are No Match For Phoenix Dog Training and Phoenix Dog Behaviorist

Dog Training Phoenix

There are few names as celebrated in the world of dog obedience training as that of Phoenix Dog Training. While the industry is home to many amateurs masquerading as dog trainers, Phoenix Dog Training has made the study of dog behavior and the development of a unique and proven canine training philosophy their lifetime’s work. Harvard-trained and world-renowned as an Applied Animal Behaviorist, Phoenix Dog Training have made a career of consistently rehabilitating dogs suffering from the most severe of behavioral problems. Issues such as severe aggression, fear-based behavior, anxiety and phobias often get the best of pet owners and even experienced dog trainers, but for Phoenix Dog Training and their Applied Animal Behaviorist, they are par for the course.

Our Phoenix Dog Trainer is a committed student of the true science of canine learning theory, dog aggression is not going to be rehabilitated and cured with positive reinforcement only, that is why our Phoenix Dog Trainers and Phoenix Dog Behaviorist use both positive and negative reinforcement for a balanced approach to dog training and a true understanding of the science behind learning theory. This has allowed our Dog Trainers in Phoenix to develop our patented Gentle Touch™ method of dog training. Based upon the principles of Operant and Classical Conditioning in order to deal with issues including:

  • Aggression
  • Fear
  • Anxiety
  • Phobias
  • Not listening
  • Potty training
  • Digging and chewing
  • Jumping on people
  • Defecating in improper areas
  • Jumping on furniture
  • Pulling on the leash
  • Dominance
  • Running away
  • Stealing things
  • Scratching doors
  • Begging and whining
  • Aggression in dogs
  • Fighting with other dogs
  • Crotch sniffing
  • Bad car behavior
  • Separation anxiety
  • Fearfulness and shyness
  • Marking
  • Chasing cars
  • Chasing kids
  • Chasing cats

Dog Training Phoenix believes that in-home private dog training is the most effective and fastest way to train your dog: after all, the problems that are occurring with your dog occur at home, so what better place to address these issues than where they take place? Another important aspect of the training Dog Training Phoenix provide is that you are being trained along with your dog. The goal is for your dog to work as effectively with you as he/she does when working with an animal behaviorist. You’ll learn how to communicate your intentions to your dog in a way that engenders understanding and results.

Canine training and puppy training need not be stressful or confusing for the dog involved: to the contrary, even when dealing with severe behavioral issues it can be a positive experience when based on a true understanding of dog behavior theory. Discover the true essence of proper dog training from Phoenix Dog Training and our acclaimed Animal Behaviorist.

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Should I Use Negative Reinforcement to Train My Dog?

There is nothing negative with negative reinforcement

Using negative reinforcement to teach your dog to not pull on the leash

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

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Phoenix Dog Training History of Dog Training

PHOENIX DOG TRAINING | A BRIEF HISTORY OF DOG TRAINING

PHOENIX DOG TRAINING

Phoenix Dog Training and Phoenix Dog Trainers Providing Dog Obedience Training Phoenix Az and Phoenix Puppy Training

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.

Phoenix Dog Training The History of Dog Training William Koehler

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 

Phoenix Dog Training Clicker TrainingThe 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

Dog Training Phoenix Balanced 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.

For more information on Phoenix Dog Training and our training methods or to learn more about dog training from Harvard Educated Dog Behaviorist, call (602) 769-1411 today.

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Phoenix Dog Training | Top 10 Dog Training Mistakes

Phoenix Dog Training | Top 10 Dog Training Mistakes

Dog Training and Dog Behavior Problems can oftentimes be avoided when dog owners know the critical do’s and don’ts in how they create, add to or contribute to a misbehaved and poorly trained puppy or dog.

The #1 Biggest Mistake Dog Owners Make is Not Getting Dog Obedience Training For Their Dog or Puppy.  95% or more of the typical dog training and dog behavior problems could be eliminated with just a few Dog Training lessons.  Call Dog Training Phoenix for details and pricing for our Phoenix Dog Obedience Training or our Phoenix puppy training now 602-769-1411

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