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Proactive Dog Training: Rewarding Good Behavior

By December 1, 2010March 26th, 2015No Comments

After decades of research on learning, B.F. Skinner concluded that positive reinforcement is more powerful than punishment. In practical terms, that means reinforcing (rewarding) your dog for doing things you like will increase the frequency of desirable behavior. Many things can be used as positive reinforcement, including treats, petting, attention, permission to exit doors, toys, the opportunity to play with other dogs, etc.

To take full advantage of the power of positive reinforcement, look for behavior you like at all times and find ways to reward it. Your dog’s behavior is sure to improve, especially if you also ignore behavior you don’t like .

Irith Bloom is the owner of The Sophisticated Dog, a company offering pet-friendly training services to clients in Los Angeles.

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