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Why We Use Positive Reinforcement At Our Dog Classes In Surrey

Canine Kids is committed to helping train your dog in Surrey using positive reinforcement. So, what is this approach, and why is it so effective?

 

This technique is not only supported by professional trainers and behaviourists, it’s backed by science.  Positive reinforcement relies on rewarding desired behaviours to increase the likelihood of them occurring again in the future. 

 

Let’s look at a breakdown of the science behind positive reinforcement in dog training:

 

Positive reinforcement relies on what’s known as operant conditioning. This is a learning process in which behaviours are strengthened or weakened by the consequences that follow them. In the case of positive reinforcement these types of steps occur:

 

  • Behaviour: The dog performs a behaviour, such as sitting when asked.

  • Consequence: The dog receives a reward, such as a treat or praise.

  • The outcome? The dog is more likely to repeat the behaviour in the future.

 

Did you know there’s a neurological basis for this technique?

 

Positive reinforcement triggers the release of neurotransmitters like dopamine in the dog's brain. Dopamine is associated with pleasure and reward, creating a positive association with the behaviour being reinforced. 

 

It also helps to build a strong bond between the dog and the trainer. By focusing on rewarding desired behaviours rather than punishing unwanted ones, trust is established, and the dog learns to associate our training sessions in Surrey and at home with positive experiences. 

 

Positive reinforcement techniques reduce stress and fear in dogs compared to aversive methods, particularly punishment-based training.

 

 Punishment-based methods lead to anxiety, fear, and aggression in dogs, whereas positive reinforcement promotes a safe and nurturing learning environment. This reduces stress levels and helps create a confident and well-adjusted dog.

 

Ultimately, Canine Kids finds this approach tends to reap long-results and helps you build a strong bond with your dog.  Dogs trained using positive reinforcement methods are more likely to exhibit desirable behaviours consistently and have better socialisation skills.

 

Find out more about our dog training classes in Surrey. Or don’t hesitate to get in touch for more information.

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