When you look at your dogs and say, “You ready to train?!” Do they get excited? Wonder Dogs do!
Positive training helps communication between humans and dogs and adds structure and consistency to your pet’s world. Without the stress of old fashioned training, your dog isn't stressed… and can truly learn.
"“I feel like I understand his behavior more and no longer see the need for punishment. We had been trying corrective leashes and collars, had an e-collar we tried for a while, tried to show him that we were alpha and none of it was making a difference. Understanding "trigger stacking," his "calming signals," and trying to eliminate visual and noise cues made a big difference. The biggest thing is getting him to not visually fixate on a trigger, and learning how to do that changed everything! Now we know how to stop it. I wouldn't have known about any of these things before. We are pleased with the results and loved working with you!”"
Why use a horse and buggy when you can use a car? Behavioral scientists, vets and trainers have moved to modern training methods. This fosters a stronger relationship between you and your pet. A dog's natural behaviors are reward driven. In other words, animals repeat rewarded behavior. We use rewards to keep the good behavior coming and help pets learn faster; food, praise, play, access to more fun. Positive dog training controls outcomes by guiding dogs toward our preferred behaviors. Negative behaviors are decreased or eliminated by teaching the dog an alternative behavior or providing calm, consequences that are not as rewarding to the dog. It works, plain and simple.
Trainer magic? Nope. Over many years of education and working with animal behavior, we’ve crafted incredible tools you can put to use right away for real life change.
Our mission is to make the learning process simple, fun and engaging for all. Willing dog participation in training accomplishes true learning at a profound and lasting level. Using associations and consequences with your dog quickly gets communication flowing in a way your dog can understand.
Here's the geeky-science bits:
Concept 1: Classical conditioning occurs when learning happens via association. A famous example is Ian Pavlov’s dogs who would salivate at the sound of a metronome they associated with meat powder.
Concept 2: Operant Conditioning is the use of consequence to change behavior. This involves managing outcomes, rewarding desired behavior and preventing reinforcement of unwanted behaviors.
“Respect the individual pet and person. Strive for progress. Provide excellence.”
- Wonder Dog University
Old fashioned training attempts to teach a skill like ‘Sit’ while physically forcing a pet into position. Leash "pops" or devices such as choke, prong or electric shock collars (e-collars) were even used. Modern methods eliminate force. In the example of Sit, we first teach a dog via luring or capturing to repeat the behavior to learn muscle memory that's rewarded. Then we add a verbal cue, ‘Sit.’ Humans forget that dogs don’t speak English. This is why learning the behavior first is important. Animals primarily learn via visual information gathering. WDU understands your dog’s perspective and delivers training your pet can grasp instantly.
WDU asks the same question. There are still some skeptics on the subject of modern training. Some believe forcing a pet to “obey” can get quicker results. Others haven't studied the latest data on the subject. Also, it does take work on the professional trainer’s part to learn how to teach in a science-based, force-free manner. Perhaps, some don’t want to take the time to learn. Our hope is all trainers learn and use these methods.
Pets and people alike find that modern training gets fast results with more detailed and focused attention to their personal needs. Owners relish in the new bond and leadership granted to them as a result of their training. You will too!
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