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People often misunderstand what positive training is - it is NOT allowing the dog to do anything they want or "babying" your dog. Rather, it is focusing on setting your dog up for success, teaching them WHAT to do and reinforcing this behavior, it is setting boundaries and being a CONSISTENT leader and teacher. It is also being realistic and managing behavior and the environment.
Do positive trainers use punishment? Of course, punishment simply means it decreases the frequency of behavior - a punisher can be as simple as not moving forward on a walk when your dog pulls (decrease pulling), BUT- here is where the positive comes in, when your dog waits by your side, you THEN move forward which REINFORCES waiting by your side.
A positive trainer doesn't use a punisher that causes fear or pain to gain compliance.
It is important to understand methods and theories as well as the species you work with. When I worked with dolphins, I used the same theories of operant/classical conditioning with the focus on positive reinforcement but the application can be different from when I work with dogs. So, yes, it is important to know dog behavior, body language, history and know how to implement an effective training program that focuses on using positive reinforcement and sets the dog and owner up for success.
To me, that is positive Dog Training.
-Stacy
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