The Joys of Positive Reinforcement and Drive Training
I recently wrote an article about a video on YouTube that has made it into my social media feed, several times.
It is a video of a guy walking 5 German Shepherd Dogs off leash but on electric shock collars.
Click here to read the article titled “The Epitome of Sad Dog Training”.
You can see the sadness of the dogs during training.
You can also see the moments that he delivers painful shocks to the dogs (don’t tell me shock collars don’t hurt, these dogs are a prime example.)
It saddens my heart every time I see it.
And, at the end of the article I mentioned the opposite of this video.
It is a video of a young boy working with a totally naked (no collar, no shock collar, no leash) Belgian Malinois.
The dog is working hard for the toy that the boy has.
Here is that video:
Clearly, the dog’s prey drive has been built into the toy to form and control his obedience.
For more on building your dog’s prey drive, click here.
I will mention that the only BIG problem I have with this video is the lack of reinforcement after multiple, MULTIPLE perfect behaviors.
However, I will point out that this dog has clearly been built to go for many minutes and many commands without immediate reward. Isn’t this the epitome of the kind of training we all desire?
This dog not only happily complies to basic obedience, this boy has him performing tricks, and of course advanced skills.
Not once does the dog look afraid of the boy or afraid of the boy.
And, I will again mention that the dog is complete leash and collar free!
Let’s Break Down the Happiness
This is the kind of obedience we should all strive for!
Here is a dog working for the shear joy of working and the game!
This wasn’t easy, I can guarantee that! But as you can see it was certainly worth it!