How to efficiently train a dog

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5 Principles of Dog Training

With all of my dog training clients, I go over 5 basic principles of dog training. I first heard these from Mike Ritland, the man responsible for getting the Navy SEAL/S to begin using military working dogs (MWDs.)

  1. Be Confident & Carry Yourself Like A Leader
  2. Reward Behavior You Want
  3. Correct or Extinguish Behavior You Don’t Want
  4. Be Consistent
  5. Keep Emotion Out Of It
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Reward Behavior You Want

Positive Reinforcement is not reward. Positive reinforcement means I am adding a new stimulus, such as giving the dog a treat (positive reward) or I am applying a correction such as saying sternly “No!” (positive punishment.)

Correct Behavior You Don’t Want

As I mentioned earlier, some people believe correction has no place in dog training. However I do not believe reward alone is reliable enough to teach all dogs everything they need. By forgoing even mild correction, you may actually put your dog at risk.

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