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Have you ever seen your dog shrug or hide, around training time? Have you wondered why?

Do you remember doing this sometime during your own childhood? And can you flashback those moments to picture why you did so?

Okay, too much rhetoric!

I am now going to quote Roald Dahl (partly because I love quoting my favorite writers and mainly because I am trying to make a legit point here)

So, the very wise Roald Dahl once said- “A stodgy parent is not fun at all! What a child wants- and deserves is a parent who is sparky.”

Honestly, I couldn’t agree more with him.

Every time life puts me in a puddle, I am saved by my thinking skills alone. And believe it or not the only way to nurture an opinion or as they say ‘a mind of one’s own’ is by positive parenting. (a big shout out to my folks!)

Anyway, enough about me.

So, the idea here is a trade in between the old school punishment type- training technique for the positive re enforcement one, which BTW is like a knight in shining armor for the dogs in distress.

Long gone are the days of overbearing dog training equipment.

Training with intimidating tools and technique is ancient history that continues to stir debates amongst many dog trainers & parents.

If you ask me, I’d say creating an environment of coercion and punishment leads to confused, terrified and anxious dogs.

Such dogs are never able to exercise any behaviors and/or cultivate a personality.  While positive training on the other hand helps encourage behaviors in the dogs. Though both these approaches have shown results, the latter is often met with a sly mention of ‘pampering the dog’s way into being spoilt & out of control’

What people really need to understand here is, positive dog parenting isn’t the absence of rules but the absence of punishment alone.

When pet parents create a holistic environment of rewards to encourage good habits in their dogs, they carefully nurture good behavior patterns along with a side of renewed motivation for the pooch to wear the responsibility of his own actions. Trust me, he looks out for that yak milk chew treat each time he knows he’s managed to swoon you with his etiquette.  

It’s not very difficult to imagine that the pooch, just like its parent, may love being rewarded each time he does something good.

And that’s the thing about rewards, they are addictive. Once you learn that certain actions are praise worthy (read: treat worthy) you tend to repeat them. 

Even though you get to meet your doggie training target by either of these techniques, but the end results vary big time.

A dog trained with rewards rather than fear inducing tactics, grows up to exercise more depth of character. He would partner in performing activities with his parent. These are big factors in creating a sense of mutual trust and respect between the dog & the dog parent. ( I have tried and tested this)

This way your darling doggie ends up being much healthier and happier. Wagging around with self-esteem.

The positive training method is democratic hence stress free. It’s very inclusive which allows the dog parent to custom create an environment exclusively worthy of his pooch. Vis-à-vis the submission method which is so stringent that it can’t tell a Vizsla from a Frise. Every dog is unique and deserves to be entitled to his own personality.

Happy parenting encourages a shift in an entire cultural mindset that invests in aggression to meet goals.

Use of love and respect in parenting your dog, goes a long way in manifesting an environment of peaceful co-existence. The kids in the house get to take away a lot from this too. They learn, early on in their life about tolerance and respect for other species. It’s a win- win! 

Do drop in some peppy parenting experiences that you may have had while petting your pooch.

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