For many years I have been interested in dog behavior and training but I must say that I was never even remotely able to recreate and be successful with the punishment method. The punishment method can cause behaviors you don't want because:
- Jerking a dog around tends to bring out the aggressive side of you and your dog.
- A dog will not look forward to training and will instead cower or hide.
- Trying to pin down a dog can be a form of agression and some dogs may respond with retailiation in the form of a bite.
- Wolves in the wild have pack leaders without always battling within there group.
On the other hand positive training makes training fun for you and your dog because:
- Rewards are always fun for humans and animals.
- It requires you to be creative with your training and really puts the challenge on the human to come up with ways to communicate.
- Dogs will get the mental exercise they need.
- It will build the bond and relationship with your dog.
Many argue that a dog will only work for treats, but you will have to fade the treats out or wonderful pieces of chicken can become old and boring if overused. By building your relationship with your pet you will become the pack leader that they will look to as the provider of good things. Who doesn't want to follow someone who only does the best for them?