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CarrieMarie Mad Science Crew
03/28/13 3:38 pm

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.

CarrieMarie Mad Science Crew
03/28/13 3:41 pm

Oh and punishment as a type of correction doesn't really work on either of my dogs when they do something "bad".

ryno Flyover Country
03/28/13 2:33 pm

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.

Zod Above Pugetropolis
03/28/13 2:02 pm

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.

Jeninerd Hoth, AK
03/28/13 1:37 pm

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.

katniss Dallas, TX
03/28/13 1:25 pm

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.)

RJ1969 SoCal
03/28/13 1:17 pm

I like the input from some if the dog psychologists here.

inge MIA
03/28/13 1:20 pm

Are you some kind of commie cat owner

thatguy81 here
03/28/13 1:25 pm

It helps us learn how to talk to you ????

RJ1969 SoCal
03/28/13 1:27 pm

Ooooooh! What did I get myself into.

I feel like Rodney Dangerfield.

Goldiemol dry side of WA
03/28/13 1:15 pm

Confidence, a quite patience, and a clear message.

TarbashEMagic Bronx, NY
03/28/13 1:09 pm

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JackTorS Clap you stupid bastards
03/28/13 1:06 pm

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.

thatguy81 here
03/28/13 1:10 pm

Stop stealing people's dogs, cats and kids!!

JackTorS Clap you stupid bastards
03/28/13 1:14 pm

That's my buddy Bo!
Pure bread Boxer.
I realized that that is the president's dog's name now, but it's too late to change it.

RogueMom In a Hand Basket
03/28/13 1:05 pm

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.

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thatguy81 here
03/28/13 1:05 pm

We got the daughter a 6 week old black lab for her first birthday a month ago.

bigdog3210 Around
03/28/13 1:02 pm

Personally, I believe in a system of reinforcement with reward. My dog turned out perfectly using this.

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thatguy81 here
03/28/13 1:04 pm

^

This.

inge MIA
03/28/13 1:16 pm

Yes, treats with you at all times.

bigdog3210 Around
03/28/13 1:19 pm

We don't always use treats. In fact, we rarely use treats. Just positive reinforcement normally gets the job done.

inge MIA
03/28/13 1:20 pm

I'm big on the treats. My husband always got irritated but it worked fine lol

katniss Dallas, TX
03/28/13 1:42 pm

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!

EarlyBird Portland
03/28/13 1:02 pm

Just like with children, reinforcement is the better way. And as someone said below, consistency is a must.

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medicjones
03/28/13 1:01 pm

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.

canecorso Las Vegas Nv
03/28/13 12:58 pm

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.

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shortandsnarkey
03/28/13 12:58 pm

And consistency is more important than either

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inge MIA
03/28/13 12:58 pm

My father in law was a k9 officer, he always told us reinforcement was crucial.

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canecorso Las Vegas Nv
03/28/13 1:00 pm

The guy that we train with trains K-9. Highly trained dogs. Will do very little without being told when "on".

inge MIA
03/28/13 1:02 pm

We took to training our dogs in German too

zman117 Ohio
03/28/13 12:56 pm

Both are important, but I think reinforcement is a little more

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zman117 Ohio
03/28/13 12:57 pm

Also....... First!