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John Sorosky: The Right Kind of Dog Training Brings Just Reward

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Found this great article about how to successfully train your dog. Check it out!

— Kenn

“It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure … that just ain’t so.” — Mark Twain

For the first 10 years of my professional dog-training career, I knew for sure that the way to get a dog to do what I wanted was to demand it. And I was successful! After a lot of very hard work for both of us, my dog was very well trained. The problem was, most of my clients were not willing to do what was necessary to convince their dogs.

I was sure I was working on teaching good behavior when, in fact, I was teaching my dog to be careful not to step out of line. At the time, I didn’t realize that “demand” was only half the behavior modification picture … the smaller half. I had not yet learned how to take full advantage of the bigger, more effective side of the training equation: reward.

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