In the last decade or so the field of dog training has moved significantly away from focusing on correcting misbehavior TO reinforcing good behavior.  This is a much-needed shift.  We know from learning theory that positive reinforcement is a powerful tool to modify behavior.  Unfortunately, the fall-back, default thinking for most of us is “how can I get my dog to stop–” doing something instead of “how can I get my dog to do what I want so I can reward him”.

Most aspects of “positive training” are great, and much better than the old style punitive, “dominate your dog” methods, as we saw in Tip #1.  BUT – with-holding the reward for behaviors we don’t like won’t always make them go away.

Learn the most important components of how to use “negative punishment” correctly – and discover what is is, if that term already sounds brand new and confusing.  You might call it “the take away” method.

It should be fun -most of the time- for your dog to learn what you want to teach him – and fun for you to be his teacher!

If you are hooked on becoming a better "canine teacher", then you need our course on Fundamentals of Animal Learning", available from as a 5 session on-line course, or a multi-CD audio course from

You can also check out the great book our good friend and colleague Dr. Pam Reid has written - "Explaining How Dogs Learn and How Best to Teach Them".  Click on either the  picture or the link below to learn more.

Dr. Pamela Reid's book on "How Dogs Learn" from Dogwise

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