How to Properly Train Your Dog

The treatment of dogs should be approached with the least intrusive and minimally aversive approach (LIMA) that is fear and force free with positive reinforcement. A dominant and forceful approach will not prevent dogs from behaving inappropriately, but may cause lasting emotional effects that may inform their behavior negatively. Understanding that dogs will respond more effectively when approached in a positive and productive way, rather than forcefully, provides an alternate way to manage a dog’s behavior humanely, and offers dogs the opportunity to respond because they are motivated to, rather than because they are in pain or terrified.

The key to approaching any sort of inappropriate behavior is to prevent it rather than try to only address it when it happens which may lead to motivating pet owners to use extreme consequences.

The only way to prevent inappropriate behavior is to provide your dog with the tools and set the expectations.