Dog Obedience Training Uses Force

A "do it, or else!" methodology

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Obedience is defined as: the state or quality of being obedient. In the world of dog training, obedience training consists of teaching a dog to obey commands using force, pressure, and physical punishment along with aversive equipment like choke chains, prong collars or e-collars.

Proponents of dog obedience training adopt the viewpoint that a dog must be dominated and controlled in order to offer good behavior; however, considering the advancements being made in dog training, this has proven to be a very limited and outdated approach to training dogs that often causes more harm than good. 

Modern Dog Training Is Force-Free 


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Positive reinforcement training encourages good behavior with the use of rewards.

Since there is huge language barrier between dogs and people, a rewards-based system is the fastest, most effective way of letting your dog know when they've done something you like and increases the likelihood that it will happen again.

This approach to training also helps to build your dog's confidence by helping them to be successful at making good behavioral choices. Dog's that feel confident about how to negotiate living in a human world tend to make the best companions!

Choice & Reinforcement Based Dog Training

Training games enrich your dog's experience

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At Dog Savvy Los Angeles, we prefer NOT to use the term obedience, but instead refer to our method as choice and reinforcement-based dog training. 

This includes manners and "learn to earn" training techniques that teach a dog that a behavior has value because it earns them reinforcement (reinforcement = anything your dog likes such as treats, toys, or permission to do something).

The best part is that good behavior is achieved through the use of training games that are not only fun for both you and your dog, but that also get a dog problem solving, providing them with the much needed mental stimulation they may have been missing.

Learn To Earn: Manners Training

How To Teach Your Dog To Be Polite

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Manners training involves conditioning your dog to perform a polite behavior they think of on their own.

We call these “default” behaviors, which means it is something they do automatically. It is not a behavior preceded by a command or cue, although it is important to teach your dog to recognize cues.

While it may take some dogs longer to learn a default behavior, they will retain this information better because they thought of it themselves instead of just being told to do something. They really don’t have to think creatively or problem solve if they are always being commanded, they just learn to be compliant (sometimes).

Solid default behaviors provide dogs with an effective and polite way to ask for something they want or need, and socially-acceptable ways to behave if they are unsure of what to do in a situation. Teaching your dog a default behavior produces a dog who is polite and more manageable in day-to-day situations. T

his is just as important as a dog knowing to come when called AND has the bonus of building confidence in your dog because they are continually being reinforced for their good choices!

Dog Training Terminology

Command Vs. Cue

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In our approach, we encourage you to view your dog as a family member, not an automaton that does your bidding as the term "obedience" implies.

Therefore, all behaviors that you ask of your dog are considered prompts, or "cues" (rather than commands), and every cue fulfills a specific purpose in your life with your dog (such as coming when called or going to a spot when the doorbell rings).

Using our proven, science-and-game-based dog training methodology, a dog learns to look forward to hearing a cue because it means something fun or good is about to happen.

As a result, you'll discover that your dog becomes much more likely to offer the requested behavior, without force or coercion (the basis of command-based training), and that your relationship with your dog becomes stronger and more dynamic because it is built on trust and mutual respect.

It's a win-win system of dog training that creates a well-behaved dog who feels confident and loves learning, and whom absolutely adores their human counterpart. 

We love this approach to dog training and look forward to sharing its' transformational benefits with you and your dog!