What is Positive Reinforcement

Positive reinforcement means that you give your dog a reward, such as giving praise, playing, food, toys, games or walking when your dog responds to you, offers behaviors you like or ignores behaviors you don't like.

Benefits of positive reinforcement

Positive reinforcement can establish communication with your dog. When your dog is doing well, reward him. It can tell your dog what he should do. Your dog will be more likely to repeat these good behaviors in order to make you happy.

With positive reinforcement, your dog can be more tolerant, self-controlled and behave much more predictably in different situations. Also, it can help build a good relationship and trust with your dog. He will be happier and better behaved.

Some tips for positive reinforcement

Find out what motivates your dog the most and use this while training since every dog is different.

Be consistent in training and reactions. When your dog offers behaviors you like, reward him.

Be patient with your dog. Dog training may take a long time, but your patience can finally be rewarded.

Why Is Punishment Not Effective?

The common punishments on dogs include:

yelling
hitting
alpha rolls
staring down
grabbing the scruff of the neck
leash jerking

Actually, punishment is not effective to dog training. Fear cannot make dogs offer behaviors you like. Some dogs do not respond well to small punishment. In some cases, punishment can make behavioral problems worse. For example, aggressive dogs often become more aggressive when they get punished. Apart from that, punishment can cause physical harm to your dog. 

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