Reinforcement Primer

Training a dog is about controlling the reinforcement.  So if you want to train your dog, you need to have a basic understanding of reinforcement and how it works.

Dogs don’t process information and learn the same way humans do.  It serves as a disservice to dogs to expect them to think in complex human terms like “right” and “wrong.”  Dogs, and all animals, repeat behaviours that are reinforcing for them.  Think about what dogs like to do – sniffing a tree, for example.  They do this because they learn so much from smelling smelly stuff.   Read more