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Dog Philosophy Class - Level 2

Dog trainers are divided into two camps: pack theory and positive reinforcement. We’ll take a look at these two types and analyze the theories behind them.

Reading assignment: Learn about the history and premise for each main training theory, plus arguments for and against each method.

Chart: Compare and contrast the basic elements of the two main training theories.

Quiz: 10 questions to test your knowledge of training philosophies.

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Instructor: Gavin Ehringer has covered the companion animal scene since 1990. With a background training both livestock dogs and horses, he has written for dozens of magazines including Western Horseman, Horse & Rider, Cowboys & Indians, American Cowboy, and elsewhere. He owns, trains and exhibits Australian Shepherds in conformation, obedience, disc dog and agility. He is at work on his seventh book, “Coming to the Fire: The Unnatural History of Dogs, Cats, Horses & Cows.”


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dogluvr   ?, MO

1/2/2012 5:16:28 PM

I use a mix of both methods for my dog, Bolt. I dissagree with ignoring our dog's bad behavior. I think this because we ignore our dogs alot but that doesn't mean that their behavior is bad. Dogs can get really confused with things like that. By the way, leave a comment on my dog, Bolt's page and I will leave 2 free training tips; as a comment on your page. This is part of my campain for dog of the month.
Visit Bolt's page and vote him for Dog Of the Month

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Liv   Chicago, IL

11/9/2011 5:35:31 PM

I believe in positive reinforcement. I find negative reinforcement rather mean to the dog and as an animal lover, I find it not a good way to teach an animal to do something. Some trainers even tell you to throw keys or spray water at your dog if it does something wrong. Not a good idea, in my opinion! :/

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Angie   Cincinnati, OH

2/18/2011 11:17:33 AM

Last Question on Quiz is incorrect - taking something away that the dog desires is negative punishment. Taking away something the dog dislikes (standing still or leash pressure) to reward a behavior (loosening the leash, walking slower) is negative reinforcement.

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Robin   Lewisville, TX

2/15/2011 1:36:49 AM

Cool class. I needed this information. I finally understood your explanation of using a clicker.

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