Sometimes a prospective client will tell us that they use a choke collar, electric collar, or other aversive training tools or methods with their dog, and that they would like us to use these methods while we’re caring for the dog. When this happens, we explain that as a pet care professionals, we are committed the happiness and well-being of our clients’ pets, and we can’t in good conscience use painful, harsh, or punitive training methods with their dog.
Our dog training policy can be found in our Service Agreement:
“RPG will make every attempt to be consistent with any training the Pet(s) has(have) received provided the training techniques are safe and humane for both the Pet(s) and RPG staff. RPG will not use harsh, force-based, fear-based, punitive, or painful training techniques including, but not limited to, hitting, yelling, alpha roles, physical molding, choke chains, prong collars, and electric collars.”
While using aversive training techniques can be effective in bringing about a desire behavior in a dog, they make training an unpleasant experience for the dog and can be damaging, leading to stress, anxiety, aggression problems, or even physically injuring the dog. Dogs are, for the most part, very eager to please the people they love and, when you use punitive methods, you shift your dog’s focus from having fun and pleasing you to focusing on what they have to do to avoid the next painful or scary correction.
Luckily, aversive corrections aren’t the only way to train a dog. Positive reinforcement, like praise, treats, and play is equally, if not more effective, and won’t harm your dog in any way. In fact, with positive training, learning new behaviors becomes a fun game for your dog and strengthens the bond between the two of you.
Ready Pet Go is committed to helping pets live happier, better lives together with their owners. We encourage good manners using positive reinforcement with all the dogs the dogs we care for, and we’re happy to refer clients to a local, positive trainer when needed. If you’d like to know more about our dog walking or dog sitting services, contact us today or give us a call at 240-221-5335.