Force Free February Challenge
Day 12 of 28: Positive is not permissive
We are reinforcing behavior all the time, behavior also has consequences, they can either be reinforcing consequences, or they can be punishing consequences.
When a dog makes a good choice, that behavior is reinforced and rewarded. When a dog makes a bad choice, that behavior is not reinforced, nor rewarded. The goal of doing this is to teach problem-solving and flexible thinking.
The law of effect simply put is; the more often something occurs, the more likely it is to occur again. So, if the focus is on desired behaviors, those with reinforcing consequences and pleasing outcomes, then through repetition and through teaching, to the point where the dog becomes the learner, then those reinforced behaviors will be the most likely outcome.
Environmental and stimulus management, in part is setting a dog up for success. If a dog is reactive in certain environments, back out of those environments, until the reactivity subsides, then reward the calm behavior that is generated through the removal of the stimulus perceived by the dog in each environment.
Impulse control, does not require the use of intimidation to be learned.
Just because there is a natural order to things, does not mean a dog has to suffer in any way, not even once, because of them.
I can only speak for myself, and try to set a good example for my clients, those that chose to have me work with their dogs and their family, to do no harm.