Our Training Methods
ALMI Dog Training uses positive reinforcement training methods. Positive Reinforcement training is a fast, effective and low risk method that teaches the dog what to do, instead of what not to do. The use of aversives, pain or intimidation are neither used nor recommended since they merely suppress bad behaviors, and it may create fear and anxiety in the dog. For more detail information about negative side effects of the use of punishment go to the American Society of Animal Behavior Position Statement.
Is All About Motivation!
Every behavior has a consequence. The consequence is either something we like or something we do not like. We repeat behaviors that brought in “good” consequences and stop doing behaviors that brought in “icky” consequences. Dogs are no different. Dogs do what works!
Positive reinforcement training means we strive to provide “good consequences” to the dog for the behaviors we like.
We use rewards to teach new behaviors or strengthen established behaviors. And occasionally use reward removal to decrease behaviors we do not like. We also use a marker signal (a clicker, a word, etc.) when teaching new behaviors.
What Is Clicker Training?
In clicker training, we use a so-called reward marker to teach a learner new behaviors. The reward marker—for example the sound of a clicker or a word—pinpoints the exact moment the learner is doing the behavior the teacher wants. The teacher then gives the learner a reward to motivate him to repeat the behavior.
Why? Because: “Research has shown that any creature—whether a dog, cat, dolphin, parrot, fish, horse, llama, person—is more likely to learn and repeat actions that result in consequences it desires and enjoys. So clicker trainers provide consequences desired by their animal in exchange for actions or behaviors desired by the trainers.” 2005 Karen Pryor Clickertraining and Sunshine Books
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A Way Of Thinking
Clicker training is about more than using a clicker to train your dog. It’s a way of thinking, a way to creates a mutually reinforcing and pleasurable partnership with animals. Using the principles of positive reinforcement yields fast and effective results—without the need for coercion or force.
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