At the end of that month Jonathan and I talked and we were both disappointed. All of these punishment and positive-reinforcement techniques can be. She loves it. Perhaps your dog isn’t particularly motivated by food. Science has indeed spoken about the use of punishment in training, the role of dominance in the dog world, the effectiveness of positive reinforcement and more. Simply put, the traditional force fetch process was not working. After training my Spinone I totally agree with positive reinforcement training, especially when dealing with a Spinone! We place ducks, both dead and alive, out in the water for her to get her success. other training treat on the market, Num Nums™ are tiny, consistent, non-slimy, crumble-free, palatable, and. You asked what are the steps? It helped that he was a natural retriever, loved “games” and that my background was in training Schutzhund dogs (to annoying precision). It then went from acceptable to field reliable much faster than I had experienced with traditional force fetching other dogs. Praise, praise and more praise has worked for me, when I’m happy my Spinone is happy! Positive Reinforcement Dog Training. E collars have there use but I think very few people know how to properly use them and end up doing more damage as you stated. When describing negative reinforcement, I provided examples of escape and active avoidance. Kate’s retrieving wasn’t improving—in fact, it was regressing. But you are correct trainers almost always operate in both negative and positive methods. Just like Susan, we have had great success with praise when training our Spinoni. An often used technique is utilizing the e-collar to “drive” the dog away from the handler into the water. This is done by automatically giving the dog an electric shock directly after the collar detects a bark. Although I know people can get set in a methodology and become rigid and that does not make for a fun training day. To understand what positive reinforcement training is we need to understand some theory first. What is Positive Reinforcement? If so, would the theories of escape and active avoidance apply directly to the handler, activity, or training context? Especially if you are a new trainer. While the results suggested that attendance at any form of training class was likely to reduce the number of behavior problems in dogs, the study also found that dogs trained only with positive reinforcement exhibited fewer problem behaviors. This will be a bit academic, but understanding this will give you the ability to grasp any training method or technique and will provide a great starting point to comprehend any possible advantages or disadvantages contained within. Over the past two decades, formal studies have been conducted in Behavioral Science. Punishment is a training technique used to reduce the likelihood of a behavior. Thanks Scott for explaining operant conditioning in more detail for the readers/listeners of Project Upland. And, most importantly, the mental well being of the dog and handler is not negatively affected. To gain a complete understanding it is necessary to zoom out and take a look at dog training in a broader sense. She was retrieving wild shot ducks to hand at 8 months Because of my experience I am wholeheartedly in favor of positive training methods first and foremost while also realizing that there are many training methods and what works for one dog may not work for all dogs. A friend who knows more than me decided that the best way was a slower reward/success based system. The Best Dog Training Books for Every Type of Puppy Parent – Positive reinforcement is widely accepted as the most effective dog training method circulating today. Reinforcement is a training technique used to increase the likelihood of a desired behavior. This got me in a bit of a pickle while trying to force fetch Windy City’s Cattle Kate. Dave. Do you think that I am completely misguided? For me, it’s difficult to use positive reinforcement to teach retrieving to dogs with no food drive and/or no relationship to the trainer. A study from 2004 showed that dogs trained with more rewards showed higher levels of obedience, and that dogs trained with more punishment exhibited more problem behaviours. Eventually I was convinced that I should “overlay” the e-collar to my dog’s fetch so I would have more control (ie, be able to use either negative reinforcement or positive punishment) at a distance. Dogs that are motivated by praise, problem solving, and food respond the best. I am curious as to the methods for the Force Fetch training with positive reinforcement. The results have been amazing in all aspects of her ‘training’. The study found that rule structure was important in achieving a well-behaved dog, but appears to be dependent on a low level of punishment in the training program. They are going to have to gain that experience with their dog and all too often it goes dramatically wrong as Jason describes above. When it comes to dogs, it’s necessary to understand what has made the relationship between humans and our best friends one of. A study from 2004 showed that dogs trained with more rewards showed higher levels of obedience. Positive punishment is an adverse event that occurs directly after the behavior. This involved MANY, MANY MORE hours of training and inventing creative “set ups” so George would have an opportunity to make a mistake that could be either positively reinforced… or ignored.