When training a dog, which is more important...
Both of my dogs are in agility and they will do anything for the treat reinforcement. Correction is still required when they mess up an obstacle, but it won't stick for them until I reinforce the correct behavior.
Oh and punishment as a type of correction doesn't really work on either of my dogs when they do something "bad".
Which works best with you?
Puppies need reinforcement because they just want your attention. So they will do whatever they get attention for. Older dogs can have correction added because they will start responding to it.
Occasional light correction, only if immediate, and frequent reinforcement. With enough cheese, belly-rubs, and ear scratches you can probably teach a Beagle to do your chores for you, but you can tell her "no" until your lips fall off and she'll just be looking at you like you've lost your mind.
You need to do both though!
I have a mini poodle/terrier mix named Tobuscus (Toby), who we used reward/reinforcement techniques on. They worked wonders; training was fun time for him.
I am currently training my puppy, Scotty. He's a border collie, so he's very smart and very receptive. Having gone through that recently, I personally think reinforcement and repitition is more important. (Except in things like biting.)
I like the input from some if the dog psychologists here.
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My dog seems to respond better to correction.
I tend to give him constant affection anyway, so I think he's used to it. Correction snaps him out of that.
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We read the Dog Whisperer Books and used a combo of both. However, she is the only one of my 3 kids who listens when I put my "Mommy Voice" to use.
We got the daughter a 6 week old black lab for her first birthday a month ago.
Personally, I believe in a system of reinforcement with reward. My dog turned out perfectly using this.
Yes, treats with you at all times.
We don't always use treats. In fact, we rarely use treats. Just positive reinforcement normally gets the job done.
I'm big on the treats. My husband always got irritated but it worked fine lol
I like using treats, but lately I've been using my pup's regular kibble as reward. The simple action of being rewarded seems to please him as much as the actual reward!
Just like with children, reinforcement is the better way. And as someone said below, consistency is a must.
Depends on the dog. No one right way for all dogs. I had a lab that felt no pain and would walk right past the invisible fence without even a pause. We had to constantly reward him for staying inside the area. My boxer on the other hand got zapped one time and never crossed the line again.
Reinforcement. I have two Cane Corso's that are highly trained and dogs (like people) have different personalities so different things will work for different dogs, but reinforcement should work for the majority.
And consistency is more important than either
My father in law was a k9 officer, he always told us reinforcement was crucial.
The guy that we train with trains K-9. Highly trained dogs. Will do very little without being told when "on".
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Both are important, but I think reinforcement is a little more