Our Dog Training Philosophy
All dogs can be well-trained and obedient with the right balance of motivation, correction and positive reinforcement. Because the ultimate goal of obedience training is to inhibit the dog from acting on her more primal instincts (roaming free, hunting, and testing her strength against other dogs), an effective trainer will be able to motivate the dog to perform by redirecting her energy, incentivizing different behavior, and capitalizing on her eagerness to please.
Ovidiu’s training method combines aspects of both positive enforcement techniques and traditional dog training. Positive reinforcement training motivates the dog through the use of pleasant stimuli. The handler rewards the dog with a piece of food or a toy when the dog performs a correct “Down Stay” and withholds praise, food or play for an inadequate “Come Sit”. Traditional dog training asks the trainer to use unpleasant stimuli to correct bad behavior. For example, if the trained dog breaks a “Heel” command, he is corrected with a firm voice and maybe a snap of the leash.
Both dog training methods are used at different stages in the dog’s development and also at different stages in the teaching of any given exercise. Positive reinforcement dog training methods are used to introduce dogs to new skills and concepts. They are used, above all, in training puppies and dealing with sensitive adults. Traditional dog training methods (and the introduction of negative stimuli) are used when the dog has attained a precise understanding of the skill expected of him. They are used to polish the dog’s performance and make him absolutely reliable.