Posted by: Linda Trunell | February 26, 2013

Welcome to My Positive Dog Training Blog

Max at the Dog Park

The reason for this blog is to help dogs by educating people.  Positive reinforcement has been proven to be the best way to train your dog, but many people still believe in the “dominance” theory of training which involves aversive methods.  There is never a reason to hurt your dog (physically or emotionally) to train him.  I hope that this blog will encourage you to do more research on training methods before you choose a trainer or method and to change your relationship with your dog if you have used aversive methods.

In future posts I will be sharing training tips from several acclaimed trainers and behaviorists which I use in my training classes.  I highly recommend the following book to begin your education:  The Power of Positive Dog Training by Pat Miller.  You will enjoy reading it and learning what positive reinforcement is and why it works  – and your dog will thank you for it.

I would love to hear your comments and hope that you will follow this blog.  It has been said that “Properly trained, a human can be dog’s best friend”.

Here’s to being our dog’s best friend,

Linda


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  1. Great idea! More information is always good, especially when it concerns our dogs. Good luck with the blog.

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    • Thanks, Stacie. I hope I can help dogs by sharing good information with people.

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  2. I have recently started training my two Pyrenean Mastiffs with a clicker, and it seems to be working well!

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    • I have never seen a Pyrenean Mastiff but from what I’ve read they are similar in size and temperament to Saint Bernards. I had a Saint named Buster Brown (about 165 lbs.) and he was a great dog. Clicker training and positive reinforcement are the way to train. Please keep me posted on your progress. Thank you for visiting.

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      • They are very kind dogs, even if they have quite an instinct to guard (their traditional function was to protect flock against wolves and bears in the Pyrenees in Spain). I believe in this training method, I’ll see how it goes!

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  3. Thank you for visiting my blog! I have read about clicker training and was interested to try it out. However, I couldn’t find a single local pet ship online or offline selling a clicker. So, not that popular in my country… Does clicking my tongue work if I don’t have a clicker currently? How does one choose a clicker?

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    • The clicker is used to “mark” the instant when the desired behavior is performed. If you do not have a clicker you can use a vocal marker such as “Yes!” or “Good!”. The marker should be consistent and timely and always followed by a reward. 🙂

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      • Cool, and thanks! Will try to keep a consistent vocal marker. : )

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