We offer dog obedience training in St. Louis, and we are what one would call “Balanced Trainers.” Do we use negative reinforcement or corrections? Yes we do. Do we use positive reinforcement by means of treats and/or praise? Heck yes!
You usually wouldn’t use the same amount of praise on a high energy Border Collie as you would on a low energy Basset Hound. With that said, you also usually wouldn’t use the same correction on a low energy, submissive dog as you would on a higher energy, more dominant type of dog. Some dogs you need to press the gas pedal on the praise while others you need to use the brake pedal on the corrections! It’s that simple..It all depends on YOUR dog!
In using years of experience as St. Louis dog trainers, we’ve tweaked our dog obedience classes to get the most out of your dog’s personality. The last thing you want to do when training any dog is be a “one trick pony” and make each dog fit your respective training approach. All dogs are different! You should, and we do, cater our training approach to fit your dog’s specific needs.
More important than the dog training tool that is used (clicker, buckle collar, martingale collars, pinch or remote collars), is knowing which fits each specific dog and when they should be used..Our philosophy can be summed up by explaining that taking all dogs through the 3 proper stages of training, in the proper order, is ideal for success.