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Reward Based (Positive Reinforcement) Training OR Respect Based Training
The question of Reward based or Respect based training is still a massive debate amongst many professional dog trainers, dog shelters, dog rescue organisations veterinarians and others…
As this is a very important subject for every single domestic dog owner, I am going to try and make this article to the point. As I am in the opinion that people should know what type of dog training is appropriate for their dog and to satisfy the specific requirements or needs of their dog breed and their own expectations before being talked into any costly dog training that is going to prove ineffective or unsuitable to your specific needs.
Why Dog Training is Very Important?
I can tell you one thing. If you have a dog that was trained based on the Positive or “Reward based training” program, and you walked down the off leash park one afternoon with your dog or even on the leash, and your dog has seen a possum or a cat on the other side of the road.
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It wouldn’t matter how big and raw, or how well cocked the 90 day grass fed eye fillet steak in your hand is, your dog will lunge and run to catch the possum or cat and will not pay attention to your command and completely ignore you. This is their primal instinct, because they are primal.
This scenario was proven over and over many times… and I am sure many of you if not all of you will agree with me on this.
Respect Based Dog Training
On the other hand, a dog that was trained with the Respect based training program and the same scenario in the park will arise, you will have no problem saying “STAY”, and your dog will be staying by your side without having to bribe them with a treat or that extra expensive steak I was talking about earlier. He will sit or stand by your side and await your permission for his next step…
Just think about the pack leader in the wild, does he give treats or steaks to his pack members when they listen to him? NO. Does he pat them and say good boy? NO. (that applies to all pack animals not just to dogs) the pack dogs listen to their leader and do exactly what he asks of them every single time because they respect him, they trust him, and because he protects them and provides stability, comfort and happiness to the pack. and all that is achieved silently with energy, body language and eye contact gestures.
Respect is a learned behaviour in the wild, and if you have a good trainer that is familiar with this behaviour and knows how to use and implement training techniques with these natural behaviour methods, then you are in good hands. And as I said before, do not shout or beat up your dog to get him to respect you, on the contrary, this will only make them resent you and run away from you, misbehave, and ignore you. (That is where disrespect comes from)
What most people keep forgetting, and this is a very common mistake that creates many of the problems, is that we humanise them and apply human emotions to our interaction with them, and this is the very wrong thing to do.
Dogs don’t have the emotions like humans have. dogs don’t hold grudges and feel bad that they didn’t share their meal or their toy with you… Dogs are primal and will always behave in a primal way, such as their instincts, behaviour, their senses and feeding requirements. (at least in our lifetime and our grand, grand, grand children’s lifetime…)
Yes, dogs have been domesticated about 11.000 years ago or more, but this does not mean they have evolved in their physicality, their dietary needs nor have they evolved in their behavioural and social structures etc.… Remember that for an animal to evolve (physically change) it would take hundreds of thousands if not a couple of millions of years to evolve and change, and even then any changes would only be subtle changes, and they would still be primal.
Reward Based Dog Training
Now, I am not saying that Reward based training is not recommended or it doesn’t work. It does work, and we do use reward base training ourselves. However, you have to remember that in my professional opining it will be only effective or suitable for certain dog groups such as; trick performing dogs, substance detecting dogs and for initial starter training ETC…
On the other hand, dogs that have been trained by the Respect Based Training method have always followed their commands or at least in 99% of the time, and still have been rewarded a treat such as food or favoured toy and a good belly rub at a conclusion of a training session or a task performed…
Dogs trained through the Respect Based Training programs are far more compliant then reward base trained dogs, and it does not mean that respect based trained dogs you have been abused or been treated roughly to have them listen to you or perform the task you ask them to, on the contrary, they will respond to calm and assertive commands with far more attention and much better.
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When training your dog is on the agenda, might it be for aggression, barking or any other reason, a consideration for many aspects must be taken into account. The species of the dog must be taken into consideration, as all dogs have been bred for different proposes and reasons and different training techniques will be required. Some dogs species have been bred for working purpose, some for hunting, some for just companion, some for fighting and killing of rodents, some for other sports, toy dogs, lap dogs, retrieving etc…
You must also make sure that your trainer looks at the general environment that your dogs lives in, and whom the dog interacts with during the day within the family. Dogs also have different levels of intelligence and different levels of energy, and these examples are just some of the reasons different training methods will have to be implemented for different breeds and different situations.
Unfortunately not many trainers possess the correct training methods, do not have the necessary experience and the background knowledge or tools necessary to achieve this level of Respect based training, as it requires many years of hands on experience, living and working with animals, researching their social structures and carefully studying their every aspects of life experience and understanding their ways of communication… Many dog trainers will also turn to human made tools to assist in their training such as choker chains, electronic collars and some other nasty devices or methods. So, please, please, please avoid this cruelty and ineffective human made harming training tools or methods. because as soon as you have no choker chain or electronic collar on your dog, he will be back at his old unwanted tricks… Once more; If you go back to the wild and look at the leader of the pack, does he have chocker chains on his pack members? Does he have electronic collars on them? NO. He has one thing which is the only thing that works, he has their respect.
Moreover, the most frustrating thing is when you hear the many stories about people spending fortunes on “trainers” and “behaviourist” with no results period. I am sure you are familiar with some similar stories too.
You need to understand that I unreservedly and completely LOVE dogs; I have been around dogs and other animals since I was a child, and I am still spending more time every day around and with dogs. I respect them and the way they live and communicate and I would do anything to help any dog have a balanced and happy life.
Therefore, I will never promote any physical abuse nor will I allow any type of physical punishment, this does not work, on the contrary, they will only resent you, fear you and lose the respect that you are trying to gain.
So how do I do it? It is all about one word, in human language – “respect”. If you know how to gain your dogs respect in their way of communicating, then you’ll have his full attention every time. (Except when they are rolling in a mud pitt 🙂
They are Rolling in a Mud Pitt
As a conclusion to this topic, when you want or you are at the point you need your dog trained in the best possible and most suitable and effective way, you must ask yourself two very important questions;
1) What is it that you want your dog to do, or what do you expect from them?
2) Is your dog the right breed for that training program you want?
For me, a well-trained dog is not a dog that will sit or shake his paw for a biscuit, but a dog that will look me in the eyes and await permission from his pack leader to go and play, chase a rabbit or finally eat that yummy steak 🙂
And if you want to have your dog’s full attention at all times irrespective of what distraction lie ahead of him, then contact Cause for Paws for your dog training assessment and needs. Contact Us Now!