With the growing popularity of positive reinforcement-based dog training, there's an increasing popularity of criticizing the use of positive reinforcement. And truthfully, it isn't all unfounded because there can be a huge variability in people's results when they choose not to use physical corrections or verbal intimidation in their dog training. I’m addressing the criticism with a look at 5 different scenarios where dogs get rewarded for things you don’t want, and how using the magic question “what was that cookie for?” can fast track success and turn unwanted behaviors around.

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • The growing popularity and criticism of positive reinforcement in dog training.
  • What variables affect the effectiveness in dog training.
  • The pivotal question that can transform your approach to dog training.
  • What “choice point” is in dog training.
  • Five scenarios illustrating different reinforcement situations and their implications.
  • What the 5 categories of reinforcements are and knowing what your dog loves.
  • The impact of reinforcement on both the dog's behavior and the trainer's actions.
  • Why negative reinforcement is the silent killer of dreams.
  • How to be intentional, clear, and purposeful when reinforcing desired behaviors.
  • About asking the magic question “what was that cookie for?”.

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Resources :

  1. Podcast Episode 205: The Hidden World Of Reinforcement For Dogs And Why You Need To Know
  2. Podcast Episode 231: The Next Generation Of Dog Lovers: Finya’s School Assignment
  3. Podcast Episode 42: Behavior Chains: Are You Teaching Your Dog to be Bad to Be Good?
  4. Podcast Episode 139: Remove Confusion And Build Your Dog’s Confidence With One Simple Dog Training Habit
  5. Podcast Episode 141: Average Or Better Dog Training Question: What Did You Just Reward?
  6. Podcast Episode 142: Giving And Receiving Constructive Feedback About Your Dog Training
  7. Podcast Episode 174: Dopamine In Dog Training: Anticipation, Rewards, And The Transfer Of Value
  8. Podcast Episode 253: 7 Ways To Instantly Make Your Dog’s Life Better
  9. YouTube Video: How To Get Your Dog To Listen Outside Off Leash (Step By Step Guide)
  10. YouTube Playlist: Loose Leash Walking with Susan Garrett
  11. Podcast Episode 59: Why Your Treats Aren’t Working for Your Dog
  12. Podcast Episode 226: Safe Toys For Dogs And Why To Avoid Tennis Balls And Sticks
  13. Podcast Episode 198: What Does “Positive Is Not Permissive” Really Mean In Dog Training
  14. Podcast Episode 177: Dog Training Outside The Box: Transfer Of Value Case Study
  15. YouTube Playlist: Dog Agility Training and Dog Sports Tips with Susan Garrett
  16. YouTube Playlist: Fearful Dogs Help with Susan Garrett
  17. Podcast Episode 146: Balanced Dog Training: Does It Really Exist?
  18. YouTube Live: Grow & Improve Your Dog's Agility Skills: Seesaws, Start Lines, Weave Poles, Contacts and More!
  19. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube