Different types of obedience training

Positive Reinforcement

Positive reinforcement is one very popular phrase in the dog training world. This method of training gives the dog a positive reinforcement when a desired behavior is offered, such as verbal praise, a treat or any other reward. Harsh corrections are never used, and undesirable behaviors are ignored while favorable behaviors are praised and rewarded.This method is highly effective and most dogs respond well to it.

Clicker Dog Training

Clicker training is another popular training method. The clicker training method involves the use of a small device that emits a clicking sound when in use. These devices are usually fairly small. This makes them portable and makes training with a clicker easy in any location. The first step in the clicker training method is known as loading the clicker. This step takes place before any dog obedience training begins, and it serves the purpose of associating the sound of the clicker with something good. Most people use a click and treat pattern to load the clicker. Start out by clicking the clicker and immediately offering the dog a treat. Repeat this five times, offering a treat immediately after you click. Now put the clicker away and give the dog a break.

You can repeat the click and treat pattern a few times a day for about three days. By then, the dog will have come to understand the sound of the clicker means he has done something good, and you can begin training your dog with the clicker. You can start by offering commands and using lures to achieve the desired behavior. When the dog offers the desired behavior, immediately click to let him know you are happy with what he has done, and you may also offer a treat as an additional reward for the desired behavior.

Corrective Training Methods

Positive reinforcement and clicker training are both methods that do not involve corrections in the training. Although these methods are popular, some people prefer correction-based obedience training methods. These types of methods work opposite to reward-based methods in that they utilize a correction for undesirable behaviors.