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Q&A: Positive reinforcement training for “hard to train” labeled dogs?

Question by kijkwijzer: Positive reinforcement training for “hard to train” labeled dogs?

Before I got my miniature Dachshund I read how hard they were supposed to be to train.

I could just be lucky, but found the exact opposite with him. After three other dogs, I decided to use positive reinforcement training with him, simply using a vocal dissatisfaction technique for something that he would do that I didn’t like, but everything he would do that I liked I made a huge deal over it, petting, giving a treat, playing, attention, happy voice and encouragement. I focused more on the positive than the negative. With negative, he simply would get a dissatisfied voice and no attention. With positive, he got everything a dog could want. Well, training was better than I could have ever imagined.

What are your thoughts?
Launi, thanks for your thoughts… I just want to add that the housebreaking is one area I found went so much more smoothly with the positive reinforcement training, among many others.

Thanks for your info! πŸ™‚

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Answer by bzzflygirl
My favorite kind of training. It’s always worked for me. Forget breed stereotypes.

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  • This is my favorite type of training, some people think negative training is the best (however most people hit the dog and make them mean((harsh))) negative is ok, however positive reinforcement i believe works wonders πŸ™‚

  • My thoughts are I have had Dachshunds all my life and never considered them a *hard to train* breed.

    They can be harder to housebreak than other small breeds, but as far as difficult to train otherwise?
    No. The Dachshund is a very old breed with superior prey drive and intelligence.

    People may think they are hard to train because of their genetic prey drive and the fact they can be dominant.

    I don’t think they fit in that category.

    ADD: If this type of training is working with individual dog? Good for you!

  • Training is all personal preference. I won’t completely dismiss ones ways of training, but will say that I prefer positive training. It worked perfectly with my dogs and I and I’m not going back now that I’ve discovered it. What you described is pretty much similar to what I do. Bad behaviors get nothing, good behaviors get a reward. The only exception was the time my corgi mix did something that could have hurt her and I reacted out of instinct rather than thought. It worked for me and if it works for you, too, I see no need to change it. I always tell people who ask me how to train a dog to just look up all the methods until you find one that fits like a comfortable shoe. (Unless they ask me what I’ve found works best… in which case, I give them a whole library of books and a whole paper full of tips πŸ˜‰ )

  • I always use PR training. I only use a firm leash correction after the dog has been fully trained and still does a bad thing. Which is incredibly rare. I see no point in punishing a dog for not knowing what to do. I hate people who use shock collars and shock the crap out of untrained dogs. Why beat, shock and push dogs for not understanding you. Its like you talking to me in Chinese and when I don’t reply you hit me over the head. That is a sure fire way for me to slap the sh*t out of you. Just like harsh training methods are just a way for people to ask dogs to bite them.

  • This is a modified form of NILIF training and works well for shaping all dog behavior.

    With pushy or “stubborn” dogs it gets across ed the idea that you control all the resources. If they don’t give, they don’t get…

    It also helps timid or scared dogs feel accomplished as they get constant validation for their actions.

    I’ve been training dogs for more than 20 years so it’s a big, but very welcome change in dog communication.
    Since I work with rescue dogs, it’s a must.

  • I have only had Dachshund mixes, not purebreds, but I did not find them difficult.

    One of them holds the record for foster dog housetraining….two days.

    I find chihuahuas much more strong headed and difficult to housebreak….one of mine holds the record for the longest time to housetrain – ten days.

    Anyway…I have housetrained dozens of dogs without PR. Housetraining is simply establishing a habit. If given a clear understanding and the opportunity a dog will do it by instinct, without requiring either correction or PR.

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