There are many ways to train a dog. Learning isn't a one size fits all for humans, so why would it be for our four legged friends? Balanced training utilizes different techniques for different personalities.
This type of training is based on operant conditioning, and utilizes all four quadrants of learning. Balanced training provides the dog with as much information as possible through rewarding behaviors we want, and re-directing or correcting inappropriate or unwanted behaviors such as jumping, biting, etc.
Our goal is to help you build a solid, loving relationship with your dog by helping them understand boundaries and giving them clear expectations.
Like children our dogs look to us for direction, guidance, leadership and understanding. If we can help our dogs make good decisions, while actively and fairly setting boundaries, we can establish a healthy, positive relationship with them.
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MYTH: Using tools like prong collars or e-collars cause fear and pain.
FACT: Fear and pain have nothing to do with proper dog training. Any tool, including food, requires proper understanding of use and technique to be successful. Our goal is to always make learning a fun and positive experience for EVERY dog. Tools work through pressure, not pain, in establishing a clear line of communication so there is no mistaking what we're asking them to do. Using certain tools can be a great solution to breaking through communication barriers with your dog because after all, animals communicate through pressure.
MYTH: Tools are used to punish the dog.
FACT: The purpose of a correction in dog training is not to punish a dog for inappropriate or bad behavior but rather the purpose of a correction is to change a dog’s behavior. This is a subtle but very important distinction - Ed Frawley (Owner of Leerburg)
MYTH: Balanced training isn't science based.
FACT: There are no conclusive studies that show balanced training has any negative effects in dogs. We are walking case studies, as most studies against the use of tools use control groups that don't reflect real life situations. It just goes to show that different techniques work for different dogs! When you look at the amount of success stories and dogs who have a new out look on life, the results aren't up for debate. We encourage everyone check out these articles that go into more detail!
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