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Come on . . . everybody's doing it.

What’s the best way to train your dog? Is positive training the way to go or is it more effective to give your dog corrections?

So many people have different opinions (including dog trainers) that it might be hard to know what’s best for your dog. I started my dog training education on one end of the spectrum and now, years later after much research, experimentation and dopey mistakes, my pendulum has swung the other way.

To sort through it all I invited dog training and behavior legend Dr. Ian Dunbar to give us his take on this topic.

In this episode

[1:10]  Winter concerns for dogs

[6:00] Why reward training is so effective

[8:01]  Why it’s better to reward inconsistently

[9:12]  The dangers of inconsistant punishment

[11:40]  The definition of corrections and punishment

[13:23]  What to do when your dog misbehaves

[17:00]  Bringing back verbal feedback

[20:15]  What Ian feels is wrong with dog training today

[27:38]  The many things we can use as rewards besides food

[29:39]  How to use behavior problems as rewards

[36:54]  Why people turn to corrections

[42:42]  Creating a working relationship with your dog

[50:55]  Ian’s biggest training tip

[56:42]  Weekly training tip

Links

My podcast on collars and leashes – GDA 5

Dog Star Daily

Ian’s free puppy books

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