Modern Dog Training Methods
Part of making training fun is foregoing methods that cause animals stress or pain. It isn’t necessary to get results and it’s stressful for us humans, too. Because dog training is an unregulated industry you still see plenty of force- and punishment-based training available, such as the use of choke, prong, and shock collars. While effective if used properly, these tools rely on pain for results. We prefer pain- and force-free methods like clicker training, desensitization/ counter-conditioning, and behavior adjustment training that are fun for dog and human alike—and wonderfully effective.
So do the leading dog training organizations world-wide: The Association of Professional Dog Trainers, the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, the Pet Professional Guild, the American Association for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behaviorists, and the Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians have all issued statements over the last decade encouraging the use of positive, modern training techniques and counseling dog owners away from traditional aversive methods.