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