Humane Dog Training Position Statement

Humane Dog Training Position Statement This statement reviews the current literature on the effects of training style on animal welfare, training effectiveness, and the dog-human relationship.  The statement includes an FAQ with questions from addressing behavior concerns to finding help and resources for more information. Based on current scientific evidence, AVSAB recommends that only reward-based training …

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Why “Red Zone Dogs” Need Positive Reinforcement Training

  Why “Red Zone Dogs” Need Positive Reinforcement Training   Posted on October 21, 2019 by Eileen Anderson Aggressive, dangerous dogs (a.k.a. “Red Zone Dogs”) should be trained with positive reinforcement, desensitization, and counterconditioning. Here’s why. Training with pain, startle, and intimidation carries huge risks. Decades of science tell us that aggression begets aggression. It’s that simple. Two of the …

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Position Statement on Regulation in Animal Training and Behavior

The International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) strives to standardize and support the practice of animal training and behavior consulting and maximize the effective use of reinforcers to modify animal behavior. Scientific research has clearly established that best practices in animal training and behavior require positive reinforcement-based strategies, competent evaluation of effectiveness, and the ability to communicate effectively with both human and animal clients. Further, these strategies must be founded on established principles of learning and assessment.

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How to Choose a Trainer

Choosing a dog trainer can be one of the most important decisions that you make in your dog’s life. The techniques that a trainer uses can strongly affect how you interact with your dog for years to come. Therefore, it is very important to choose your trainer wisely. Here are some guidelines for choosing a dog trainer. Remember, training should be a fun experience for both you and your dog.