Training and handling with Positive Reinforcement
NOT Positive Punishment
Positive Reinforcement: This is when ‘something’ (voice, physical praise or treat) is added during or immediately after a behaviour, that serves to increase the occurrence of that behaviour. For example – asking the dog to sit, then rewarding (treat) will increase the likelihood of the dog sitting again.
Positive Punishment:This is when an aversive is added during or immediately after the behaviour, to reduce the occurrence of that behaviour. For example – calling your dog, and then shouting at him for taking his time, you are effectively punishing him for coming when called.
Pathfinder Dogs do not use positive punishment for learning tasks, applying behaviour modifications and managing any work related problems.
This is due to the potential adverse effects that may inhibit any learning, cause emotional distress, unpleasant experiences and therefore rise to further problems.