Christine is committed to using scientifically sound, rewards-based methods, to teach dogs how we would like them to behave. Our methods are based on the science of animal learning and behavior, and have a long-standing history of proven and lasting effectiveness. So what does this mean, exactly?
We choose the ‘good stuff’!
It’s a lawful principal of animal behavior that we have to provide motivation. We have the choice of either using things the animal seeks to gain (‘good stuff’) such as food, toys, play or praise; or using things the animal seeks to avoid (‘bad stuff’), such as pain (shock, choke, prong, or other forms of physical punishment), fear, coercion and intimidation tactics. Although pain and fear can be powerful tools to motivate behavior, they do come with some pretty hefty side effects that should always be considered. Since there is no advantage to using them, such as speed of learning or retention, why would we? When deciding which methods to use, we have a choice. At Family Dog Training, LLC, where our animals are like family, we choose to teach using the ‘good stuff’, the things your dog wants and the things that make him happy.
Choosing a dog trainer shouldn’t be hard or confusing!
Between the internet, T.V. celebrity ‘trainers’, and well-meaning, but often mis-guided, advice from neighbors and family, how does one know what to believe when it comes to dog training and behavior? In an unregulated industry, where anyone (yes, absolutely anyone) can build a fancy website and take money to ‘train’ your dog, without any formal education related to animal learning or behavior, and without any disclosure about what they will do to your dog and the possible side effects for the animal, choosing a dog trainer is ‘buyer beware’. It’s left up to you, the consumer, to become educated about the options.
If you would like to learn more about training methods, why we chose rewards-based methods, and guidance on how to chose an animal trainer, please check out these links to the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB):
It’s all about Relationship. What kind of relationship would you like to have with your dog? If you consider your dog to be a beloved family member and you would like a relationship, built on mutual trust, cooperation and communication, then rewards-based training methods are for you!