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Positive Reinforcement

I am a big believer in positive reinforcement training. Here, you can learn more about what this means and what makes this method the best option for training.

What is positive reinforcement?

Positive Reinforcement (+R) is the introduction of a reinforcing stimulus following a specific behavior, with the intent of increasing said behavior.
In other words: a dog sits (behavior), the human gives them a piece of cheese (reinforcing stimulus), the dog then becomes more likely to sit in the future.
If you want to get nerdy about it, here’s a chart of the different kinds of behavior modification strategies, including positive reinforcement:

Why should I use positive reinforcement?

Short Answer: it’s effective and humane.
Scientific studies have clearly demonstrated that positive reinforcement is the most effective way to modify behaviors, while simultaneously building a relationship of trust with your pet. Unlike punishment, which has been shown to lead to aggressive behavior in animals, positive reinforcement doesn’t cause fear, anxiety, or frustration.
Check out these articles to learn more about the science behind positive reinforcement:

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