The Joys of Positive Reinforcement and Drive Training

I recently wrote an article about a video on YouTube that has made it into my social media feed, several times.

It is a video of a guy walking 5 German Shepherd Dogs off leash but on electric shock collars.

Click here to read the article titled "The Epitome of Sad Dog Training".

You can see the sadness of the dogs during training.

You can also see the moments that he delivers painful shocks to the dogs (don’t tell me shock collars don’t hurt, these dogs are a prime example.)

It saddens my heart every time I see it.

And, at the end of the article I mentioned the opposite of this video.

It is a video of a young boy working with a totally naked (no collar, no shock collar, no leash) Belgian Malinois.

The dog is working hard for the toy that the boy has.

Here is that video:

Clearly, the dog’s prey drive has been built into the toy to form and control his obedience.

For more on building your dog's prey drive, click here.

I will mention that the only BIG problem I have with this video is the lack of reinforcement after multiple, MULTIPLE perfect behaviors.

However, I will point out that this dog has clearly been built to go for many minutes and many commands without immediate reward.  Isn’t this the epitome of the kind of training we all desire?

This dog not only happily complies to basic obedience, this boy has him performing tricks, and of course advanced skills.

Not once does the dog look afraid of the boy or afraid of the boy.

And, I will again mention that the dog is complete leash and collar free!

Let’s Break Down the Happiness

Check out that focus!


2 mal

This may well be the happiest most well focused dog I have ever seen


3 mal

Again marvel at the joy the dog finds in being in the perfect position. THIS IS IT PEOPLE


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Perfect pivot


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8 mal



9 mal

Weave through legs


10 mal

Recall between legs


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Sit up


This is the kind of obedience we should all strive for!

Here is a dog working for the shear joy of working and the game!

This wasn't easy, I can guarantee that!  But as you can see it was certainly worth it!



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  1. Bonnie Martin says:

    I thought the leash training tips came with what I have already purchased which is over $200 I can’t afford anymore


    Minette Reply:

    There are all kind of articles here to read, that are completely free. You can use the search bar at the top of the page for more specific help


  2. Dede Bruns says:

    It makes me sick to see harsh measures used to train dogs. It also bothers me that so many people are clueless about their dogs. People will say to me “O your dog really listens” and I say “I train my dogs.” I used to walk down the street near my house with three big dogs on loose leash. Now I live in a complex. They allowed me to bring in my last big dog, a collie, and she died last November. Looking for a new dog to adopt I didn’t intend to go as small as Petey, but there he was, all 20 pounds of him, and well, you know how it is. Petey was adopted last week. In the week I have had him, he already knows not to pull on the leash and not to dash through a door.
    Keep up the good work, Chet. From my point of view you talk too much. I already know a whole lot about dogs, and i am always interested in learning new techniques, but I understand that to many of your customers this is all new.


  3. Wynette Hill says:

    Bonnie, You and me both!


  4. Amy says:

    Not all dogs care about balls or rewards, or positive praise. I have gone through all the positive training programs and my dog has no reaction/desire for any of those things. After 5 years of dealing with a strong willed, extremely intelligent, disobedient dog I had to finally give in and get a training collar. I promise you i tried everything else. It has been the only thing to even come close to getting her to behave. And that means not jumping the fence or stealing food not only off the table or counter but right out of our hands. I gave up taking her on walks a long time ago. She’s too big and strong and the whole ordeal is exhausting. I truly believe not all dogs can be trained.


    Minette Reply:

    What people don’t understand is that this kind of training takes actual work! Some dogs have to be taught to care about balls, rewards and positive praise, it is work. But I have never met a dog that didn’t have a motivator.


  5. Damon says:

    Chet, no doubt you have a lot of good information. There is also no doubt you are great at capitalizing on a dog owners prey drive to have a well mannered, obedient, trained dog. However, your system of charging for bits and pieces of what might otherwise be a chapter in a complete dog training book gets expensive.


    Minette Reply:

    There are many more complete products, like our companion dog program which is an 8 week program that walks you and your dog up to off leash obedience, our fear program and our aggression program.

    But not everyone needs a full 8 weeks of lessons, so we have broken some down into short chapters for those people who just need a little help.


  6. Diane Grohn says:

    My dog has been through basic training, I think at one year.

    He is a Bichon Frise. I have forgotten what I learned to get him to Come. And he will Pee and Poop in the home. Jumps on adult strangers, seems to know children pull etc. and does not growl or bite-just loves children!

    He is almost 10 years old.

    I grew up with Poodles who once taught walked off leash and ignore distractions.
    Snowball is food motivated and is a good cuddle.

    Your videotape is too long.
    You need to get to the point.
    I would like specific chapters ie.
    Come, Pee and Poop concern, do not Jump on adults.
    Thanks ,Diane


    Minette Reply:

    use the search bar at the top of the page to search for articles.


  7. Is everyone proud of us? Thanks to The Hands Off Course we can do every single one of the commands, (but sit-up-and-beg which I just hadn’t thought off). We do the head between the legs (command – ‘hide and seek’) so that I can throw the ball without her knowing where it has gone, plus we have a very efficient ‘reverse’ gear at heel. We can break down (and hold) – sit; lie; on your side, show us your drawers (work that one out for yourselves), and rolly-polly. She puts the ball in my hand on command, (without me helping), or between my toes without letting it roll away. She picks things up, carries them, puts them down on command, and is currently learning to tidy her toys into the box when asked. None of it is stressful for her – I know how to teach her, and she knows how to learn. I have never trained a dog before, this course has given us shared communication and a methodology which is life enhancing for both of us. She has a better life for it, and I have a pet who is a pleasure that I am proud of. Leanda is a ‘Pinger’, pointer/springer (and the highest energy dog anyone has ever met, who would be an absolute nightmare if I hadn’t happened upon this course).


  8. Sandra says:

    Very impressive to see dog having obedient fun with a small boy. Thank you


  9. Michael Lauriston says:

    I agree, I would have liked to see the dog get the toy at the end, at least! This is the first I recall seeing people refer to “prey drive” (which I haven’t searched yet!)


  10. Steve says:

    Every dog needs to eat. A bowl of kibble is like 500 training opportunities. Mostly we just put the kibble in a bowl and walk away. What a waste. Hand-feeding a kibble at a time, asking for something in return, builds trust, respect and impulse control in your dog and puts you in the driving seat. Patience and consistency are needed in oodles but so worth the effort.


  11. Ellen says:

    My gods motivator is squirrels. I’m not about to start walking around with one in my armpit. I also don’t want a dog who is frankly as intense as the one in the video. Focus and listen is one thing but to me that dogs is overly focused on that ball. Let’s see the ball get put away and do the same thing….


    Minette Reply:

    This level of training is amazing. I have no doubt the dog will do this without his ball for his trainer. The reason the boy holds the ball, is because he is a boy, which is still totally amazing.


  12. Mickey says:

    OH MY GOD !!!!! Now THAT was the best video I have ever seen !!!!! I mean it..fantastic !!!!! And that boy is a natural !!
    My year old Shep is ball obsessed..NOW is know how to train her RIGHT ! She is the happiest dog as the mal is in this video. I actually HATE her ball drive…but..I have NEVER seem the ball used in this way. Under the arm !! HOLY MOLY !!!!! FANTASTIC !!!!!!
    I am assuming at first a leash is required? I will look at more to get mor info..but had to say…this kid? He is so fast and so mature !!! And knows how to use his dogs obsession to his advantage ! AWESOME !!!


  13. Dee says:

    Agree with you Chet the dog was working fantastically but he should have gotten a reward!


  14. C says:

    He most likely “got his reward” in the backyard. Seems odd, any negative comment…good work by dog and handler!! And clearly there is a need for a training programs…choose what works for you, pay for the service and spread the word! A lot of time, effort, and experience go into these training tips! A lifetime of good dog behavior as a result…?…priceless!


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