Do you have an eye for the good? Or should I ask, are you half full or half empty? We are entering into a hotly debated topic! Correction versus Reward-Based Training System, which is a better and effective technique?
But to remove the hotly contested topic, we hope to keep this discussion, informative, and objective.
If you are like me, who is interested in any dog training techniques, I will be keen to study, explore, and even try out the various methods to weigh the differences. Living in this high tech century, we are blessed to have the World Wide Web, the INTERNET. With information readily available, find information has never been so easy. The advantages are to learn from others, based on their feedback and reviews. Thus, sparring us from the pain of going through the entire ordeal to understand a product or service. We learn from others' experiences and feedback, and it makes us smarter consumers.
What kind of mindset do you have? Are you an extrovert or an introvert? Having a particular mindset trains our mind to perceive, understand, interpret and form opinions of someone, something, or some events. Allow me to lead you into a deeper understanding of dog training. Regardless of the methods, techniques, and systems, our objective is to have an Obedient Companion in our life.
If you are a believer of spare the rod, spoil the child, very likely, you will have good eyes on error. Errors will be your focus, and everything follows with the iron fists. This way of life or mindset is prevalent in our society. Cops catch the bad guys, and our yardstick is focusing on the error people make, and we are all so ready to jumps in to reprimand.
In such a dog training system, which is the Corrective-Based Techniques, our eyes are quick to catch errors, and our dogs live on the thin-line of mistakes. Every failure matched with a correction. Our dogs learn to quickly stop being proactive, as every initiative always squared off with a punishment.
Let's pause and stop for a moment, who is doing all the work here? It is the trainer or handler, and your dog will remind inactive or passive. A fearful and passive dog is the worst scenario in life; a sad and broken spirit in an animal that bears no breath in them. Since our dog has little or no role to play in such training systems, we will end up with a listless, scare, and passive dog. Have you ever wonder why all trained dogs still require to have their correction or e-collar on them?
On the other quadrant, we have the Reward-Based or Positive Reinforcement training system. In such an order, the trainer, the handler, and the dogs, which contribute 50% to the equation.
The trainer and handler do the same thing; instead of focusing on the error of the dog, we focus on the good behaviour of the dog and reward them. It allows our dog to be proactive, as they quickly learn, every effort and initiative may match with a reward. Now, we have a responsive and thinking animal, and they will keep driving you on the Reward Zone, where you cannot stop but reward your dog for all the correct behaviours, they had exhibited.
Do you want to have and own a thinking animal? Think again, choose the correct mindset, and we are suitable for a Long and sustainable run.
A fully simulated animal is a happy and satisfied dog.
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