The cleavage between traditional methods (also known as coercive methods) and positive methods (also known as candy methods or kissing methods) is far from us last!
There are still many people who try to preach their parish by tapping each other through various articles and other shock videos to show how my method is better, my method is more effective, my method is more respectful, etc.
To give you my humble opinion: everyone does as he wants! However, I have to admit my penchant for positive educational methods, because I think it’s just a matter of common sense!
Indeed, I much prefer to obtain an educational result in the softness and the cooperation rather than a result, perhaps very fast certainly, but which generated in my dog of heavy anxieties during the apprenticeship.
Positive education: what is it?
Positive education in a nutshell is an approach that emphasizes education based on cooperation and not coercion or avoidance!
When we educate a dog in a positive way, we teach him what to do, strengthen his good actions rather than point out his bad behavior, his mistakes and misunderstandings.
To educate a dog positively, is to privilege a certain cooperation between the master and his dog, but it is also to avoid sanctioning his dog “for free” and to force him to obey without taking into account his emotional state, his past, his character or its sensitivity.
Just as I imagine, I have rarely enjoyed performing a task while being forced to do it. However, when a mission is assigned to me by taking into account my opinion, my state of mind, my pace of progression, my personality and my true nature, there I am delighted and I work effectively! Well for your dog it’s the same thing, and that’s positive education!
Positive education: a flexible method that adapts!
Many, when they hear “positive education,” think directly of a very permissive “bisexual” education, based mainly on treats and which gives no limit to the dog. Well this is a nice idea!
Myth # 1 “Positive education is gouging your dog with treats”:
When setting up a positive education, the main goal is to find a motivation to cooperate for the dog. And indeed, for most dogs, the main motivation will be that of the can, but for some, greedy, it will find other sources of motivation. Thus, even without treats, the principle will be identical, we will remain in a positive step.
Indeed, it is not the delicacy that makes education positive, it is the attitude of the master towards his dog and the coherence that he puts in his interactions and his requests.
Myth # 2 “Positive education is not forbidding your dog”:
When you educate your dog in a positive way, it does not mean not to set rules, on the contrary! Because the rules and limits allow the dog to feel safe in his home! On the other hand, what positive education does not allow is to put only prohibitions in place! Forbidding is not learning! We can ban but behind, we must always guide the dog to what we want him to do!
We can sometimes refuse such or such behaviors, but it is especially necessary to divert them and make them evolve towards a more acceptable behavior!
You will have understood positive education is adapting to his dog, always questioning himself, understand why a technique does not work, do not strive on the dog if he does not understand, but rather change the method or modulate it!
To conclude :
- Positive education respects the true nature of the dog by taking into account his sensitivity, his character, his emotional state, his past, his environment, etc.
- It allows a harmonious relationship between the master and his dog rather than a duel
- Positive education is strengthening and valuing the good deeds of your dog
- Positive education is also setting limits for the safety and well-being of the dog, but also for better integration within the home
- Educating your dog positively is also guiding him towards the behaviors we want him to adopt
- Positive education is refusal, but with indications of action behind and not just indications of forbidden!
- Positive education is mainly based, not just on treats, but on finding motivation in the dog, be it treats, toys, social interactions, etc.
- To educate your dog positively is to let him express himself, to give him the opportunity to reflect and to experimen