When discussing the best way to train a dog, everyone has an opinion. Obedience training for dogs comes in all shapes, sizes, and philosophies. Each style has its own merits and drawbacks. One style can be suitable for a certain situation but those situations can often change. In such cases, the dog may be unable to adapt and behave accordingly. The Dog Wizard tackles this issue in a unique way that has shown great results. When it comes to Cincinnati dog training, we feel we do it right! Despite the multitudes of unique training styles, three main methodologies stand out from the pack.


Alpha Wolf Training


This classic view of canine training puts stock in the value of being the alpha or boss. Dogs will act out and behave wrongly because they are contesting your status as the leader. The main goal here is to gain discipline from dominance training. Dogs are close relatives of wolves, and wolfpack observation lays much of the groundwork for training methodology. Punishment is used to correct bad behaviors with the ultimate goal of motivating the canine to behave in order to avoid discipline. This style has been used as a staple in dog discipline for many years, but it seems to be fading as more favorable methods surface. Cesar Millan is the most well-known teacher of this training type. His focus on being dominant over the doggie has gained a lot of attention from the dog lover community. Although this method can be effective in correcting behaviors, we are not the biggest fans of it. Primarily, alpha training means that there is only one human boss. Your spouse and children may have a much harder time handling the family dog when you are not around to enforce dominance. Also, the fear of your canine misbehaving for neighbors and friends is constantly present.


Positive Reinforcement Training


A much friendlier version of training, this method avoids negative reinforcement and punishment at all costs. Treats are handed out for good behavior and bad behavior is simply ignored. Your pooch is highly motivated by rewards. Handing out treats and praise for a good behavior does enforce the repeating of whatever behavior has occurred. However, many experts see this style as an incomplete method. If your dog enjoys chewing on your sandals and you avoid punishment, then that behavior will continue. Why? Because chewing on those flip flops is its own reward. Without your positive reinforcement, the puppy finds his own. Therefore, some sort of punishment seems necessary to work towards a happy, well-trained dog. Positive reinforcement has an array of benefits, but on its own is not a very solid foundation on which to train your dog.


Next week, we will look at the third type of training in circulation today and introduce our own method. We are your go-to dog trainers in Cincinnati and heavily support our style of training for your pet. With certified professional dog trainers on staff, we are ready to train canines and enrich the lives of them and their family. Contact us today to see how we can help you!