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
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!
I have been a professional dog trainer and pet sitter for over 20 years. I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, through the international Certification Counsel of Professional Dog Trainers. I have trained and worked with police, Schutzhund and personal protection dogs. I trained Assistance Dogs in a men’s prison and ran my own nonprofit organization to take adult dogs from shelters and to train them to assist children and adults with disabilities, at no charge to my clients. My nonprofit organization and I were nominated for several awards of merit and even made the front page of the Denver Post. I was a veterinary technician for many years, where I learned about all aspects of health and preventative medicine. I have trained and worked with exotic animals and cheetahs. I introduced a temperament testing program in my local shelter and sat on the board of directors. I volunteered with my dog “Mr. Snitch” and helped local children learn to read. I have attained obedience titles and several blue ribbons. I am constantly in search of ways to continue my education and excellence when it comes to animals, their behavior and their health.