I am often times asked how I taught my dog, Django, to behave the way he does. The truth is that my behavior is what dictates his behavior.
When I reinforce Django for even the smallest of actions, they will be repeated. The behaviors that I ignore or are met with negative response, diminish over time. The methods that I use to nurture our relationship are chosen with care. The real key to our success is consistency. Once a boundary has been set or the expectation of certain behavior taught, I stick to this until the behavior becomes habit.
Different methods that are options:
- Classical Conditioning
- Operant Conditioning (4 quadrants)
- Positive Reinforcement (Increases behavior by adding something the dog sees as pleasant)
- Positive Punishment (Decreases behavior by adding something the dog sees as unpleasant)
- Negative Reinforcement (Increases behavior by taking something away that’s unpleasant)
- Negative Punishment (Decreases behavior by taking something away that’s desirable)
- Marking the behavior that is deemed desirable by handler
- Traditional Dog Training (Koelher method)
- Using corrections and dominance theory to curb unwanted behavior.
What method of training should be used to train your dog?
There are many factors that should be considered when deciding what method of training to be used on your dog. Every dog is an individual, and some of the vital factors that should be looked at when deciding on the method to train your dog is your dog’s temperament, and the specific behaviors that you are considering training.