Proud Paws bases its methods upon Reward and Game Based Training. This means using things that our dogs enjoy, desire and consider valuable to motivate them into learning new things, as well as to redirect them away from inappropriate behaviors and toward a better alternative. This does not mean bribing our dogs into doing what we want but instead reinforces good decision making and changes emotional responses, making it more likely for them to repeat those good decisions again and again. These methods not only make training more fun for us and our dogs but also more successful in the long term.
These methods fit easily into our daily routines in a way that makes training convenient, achievable and relatable to real life needs instead of stressful, time consuming or overly complex. It also builds an appropriate platform for strong guidance from the human and well-rounded understanding that is passed onto the dog.
Despite what many old fashioned dog training theories may put forward, our dogs are not out to control or to dominate us and our environment, nor are they concerned about gaining an Alpha status within our homes. Therefore, nor should we be. Using forceful, corrective or 'pack leader' based techniques can not only be dangerous in some scenarios, but often create confusion, stress and fear in our dogs, as well as a relationship with us that is lacking in trust and consistency. Having a companion animal is about learning to understand species specific choices and how to communicate our intentions and instructions clearly and effectively. We can identify ways to create consequences to unwanted behavior while maintaining a calm and compassionate approach. Dog training is a path of learning and evolving for both the human and the canine and Proud Paws gives you the tools and readiness you both need for the long-term.
Reward and game based training are the most up to date and scientifically valid methods of training any animal.
Proud Paws understands that continuing education and constantly striving for growth as a professional is vital for remaining up to date with industry standards and maintaining high levels of quality.
We commit to never getting 'stuck in the mud', to not using a 'one size fits all' approach and to the use of techniques that are free from pain, force and fear.
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