Question by Geηηa: Training your dog by negative reinforcement?
I want to get peoples thoughts on using this type of training. People like Greekman talk a lot about compulsion when training a dog.
Why is it important to use compulsion to train/proof your dog?
Do you use it on your dog?
When the term is heard most around here it would mean a physical correction to the dog – leash correction etc.
It is a correction given to the dog.. anything from saying ‘stop’ to using an e-collar. Punishment for bad behavior or disobedience.
That’s the bare basics of it.
Answer by Lexi
Please difine compulsion. I’ve never heard this term used.
I have seen dog’s who have had this type of training. Yes, they are trained, but they are trained with fear. You can see it in their eyes. They respond to commands slower than those who have not been trained this way. I could see where you might start training this way, and then convert to reward training to older dogs who don’t listen or respond first off with reward training, aggresive dogs (which might actually hurt the agression problem), etc. (or if you are a little woman and you are trying to start training, say a pit, that is pulling, etc, and not paying attention to the treat being offered).
And of course, if you are training for protection, you might want to train this way, to bring out more aggressive behavior.
But I the dogs with the best training that I have ever seen, have been based on rewards. These dogs LOVE being loyal. You can see it in their eyes that they WANT to work for you.
My father has trained his dog with negative’s, and that dog is trained, but that dog will do whatever he can get away with.
My dog’s reward trained (which we are still working on and due to medical issues, currently I can’t get out and practice with her), but she WANTS to do everything that she has learned for me.
Also, I have ‘spanked’ my dog just like I would a child, when she has gotten in trouble. It embarrasses her more than hurts her I think, because she will turn her back to me, and look at me with these sad eyes and lay her ears back. I think that I started out when she was a puppy with a rolled up magazine, where it made more of a noise than anything else.
She is three years old, and rarely gets into trouble.
And even now that we have a puppy, when the puppy knocks over the trash can, or steals a baby diaper to chew on, Sissy will look at me, and look over at her, with this face that just has ‘I’m tellin’ on you” all over it.
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