Monday, August 11, 2014

Dog Training, Animal Welfare, and the Human-Canine Relationship

Many people are concerned that aversive-based dog training methods can have side-effects. A new study by St├ęphanie Deldalle and Florence Gaunet (in press in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior) observes dogs and their humans at training classes using either positive or negative reinforcement. The results support the idea that positive reinforcement is beneficial for the canine-human bond and better for animal welfare...The findings do not demonstrate causality, but are a valuable step in our understanding of the effects of different training methods on dogs. more

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