“The power to control one’s own outcomes is essential to behavioral health, and the degree to which a behavior reduction procedure preserves learner control is essential to developing a standard of humane, effective practice.” – Dr. Susan Friedman
When I talk about training, two words I am more than likely to use are empowerment and choice.
Empowerment is about giving our animals as much control over their behaviors as possible. That means teaching, not by force but by choice. Instead of pushing a dog into a down, I can either capture him lying down or lure him into that position and then teach him that decision to lay down was an awesome choice by giving him a
I have said many times, when you are teaching your pet a behavior skill, knowing what it is that YOU are looking for in that behavior skill is going to be extra important in being able to teach your pet with clarity.