Are you struggling with getting your dog to listen to you? Do you feel frustrated that you have to repeat commands to get your dog to respond? Do you feel that your dog only listens to you when you yell at him? You are not alone and we can help!
I joined dog 4-H when I was in 4th grade and began actively dog training. Garrettsville was where I practiced at home but the actual 4-H meetings were held in Rootstown. I was taught to use punishment-based methods to get my Shetland Sheepdog to respond. When she didn’t listen, yelling and repeating the command worked great. However, in the end she felt defeated and do did I. It was the most frustrating way to train.
I will let you know on a huge secret that most average dog owners would love to know about dog training. Garrettsville will forever be changed when everyone learns about this. Reward-based training works the best. Yep! It is that simple. Science has proven it. In fact science has proven that dog’s respond better, learn faster, and have less behavioral problems when they are trained with rewards or positive reinforcement dog training.
When I used punishment-based methods with my Shetland Sheepdog, Heather, I noticed that there were times she would completely shut down and not listen to me at all. There were times when I was so frustrated that I wanted to punch something. When I switched to reward-based dog training, I was happier, and I notice that my dog was responding quicker and more reliably to commands. My dog was happier too!
The American Veterinarian Association has awesome information on this and I recommend that you read it. Then, we can help teach you how to implement reward-based dog training. Garrettsville and surrounding areas is where we serve.
Johanna Teresi, Garrettsville Dog Trainer and Owner of Four Legged Scholars LLC, Dog Training, Garrettsville