Many of the Golden Retriever training techniques are associated with what makes the dog owner feel comfortable or good, opposed to what is sensible to the actual dog. An example of this is the “positive only” dog training. Treats may be a great way to train a Golden Retriever, but when the dog only obeys the command to receive a treat, the dog is the one that is in charge of the obedience, opposed to you.
Golden Retriever Training- What Works And What Doesn’t
When it comes to “positive only” dog training it involves bribing your pet to conduct an action in order to receive a toy or food. When the dog conducts the behavior desired, the pet is rewarded. These techniques often include clicker devices which make a sound that clicks when you press the device with your thumb. This method is a type of “conditioning” which involves clicking the device as soon as the animal performs the desired behavior, which is followed by giving the dog a treat. However, the animal soon learns that whenever they hear the “clicking sound”, they will receive an instant treat.
The Issue With “Positive Only” Dog Training
Clicker training and positive-only training works efficiently when it comes to teaching the dog fun things such as tricks where it is not of importance whether your dog obeys the command or not.
However, when it comes to teaching the dog to immediately come to you when a distraction or temptation arises, or teaching the animal to stay while you groom his or her coat or even teaching the animal to act in a polite way to animals or strangers, “positive only” training is not an effective method of training.
The owners that rely solely rely on “positive only” training often find themselves stuck as soon as their pet is “not in the mood to do something” This type of Golden Retriever training will not teach the pet to show you respect in any way. Respect is the one characteristic that will motivate the animal to always be well-behaved even at the times that they are just not in the mood.
Respect training is based on a “balanced” philosophy when it comes to dog training. This involves both negative and positive consequences for the animal’s behavior. In real life situations all living creatures learn from negative and positive consequences which include:
• A positive consequence encourage the animal to repeat such behavior
• A negative consequence discourages the animal from repeating the behavior
Your pet will learn from negative and positive consequences. The mother dog will automatically let her puppies know when they are playing a reasonable way or when the puppies become too rough. All dogs will learn in the best way from the approach of “balanced” dog training, whereby their behavior will either result in a negative or positive consequence.
• A Positive consequence will mean that you reward the desirable behavior with games, petting, a smile, praise and treats.
• A Negative consequence will mean that you correct an undesirable consequence using either a facial expression, your voice, your hands, your body language or using the collar or leash on your dog in a forceful, yet gentle nature.
Remember to be fair and realistic with your animal. Show your Golden Retriever about negative and positive consequences so that the animal is able to make his or her own informed choices.
When you are able to show the dog both negative and positive consequences, the dog is offered with a “conscious choice” to either stop the behavior or carry on with the behavior. The best part about this approach is that when you have chosen to become the arbiter of the animal’s behavior, the person who gets to make the decision on when to say no or yes about what the animal is permitted to do, the animal will feel respect towards you.
As soon as your pet respects you, they will immediately listen to you. They will also always pay attention to your commands. You will soon find that your dog will do what you ask and stop a misbehavior from one word or action from you.