The Problem with All Positive Training - Leerburg website
Balanced Trainers - Forum and information
Balanced Training Theory and Methods - by Laura White
What is Real Clicker Training? - by Gary Wilkes
Here at Paws Forward we use a balanced approach to training. Which means we have a large tool box of methods, tools and techniques that can be tailored to any particular dogs specific temperament and training needs.
While positive only training is great in theory it can take a long time to achieve results and for the majority of dogs it just won't work when their are heavy distractions. Furthermore it can be frustrating for a dog to not know what they are doing wrong when they are only getting communication about what they are doing right. Imagine trying to raise a child without providing any boundaries or structure and giving them rewards for good things and ignoring the bad things.... that child would think the rewards were great but would probably take advantage of your leniency and at the same time feel frustrated by the lack of guidance and rules.
I will often do all of the teaching and rewarding with a dogs own kibble while they are with me for board and train. This way you can tap into all that lost motivation from just feeding from a bowl. I teach all new commands using positive reinforcement (marker or clicker training) and once the dog understands the command or behavior we move into adding distractions and correcting the dog if it makes a mistake. We have a wide variety of tools and methods that we use here and are able to switch them up if we feel something else would be of more benefit.
The tool that we suggest is specific to the dog and the owners goals. The key to balanced training is to have fast and effective results and a happy dog which we proud to produce here every day. Please browse through our youtube and facebook pages to see the training in action.