Reinforce the Good

/ Published in Unleash Jacksonville The NEW issue, written by Kate Godfrey, owner Comprehensive Canine Training

In 2020, I’d like to change the misconception some may have that positive reinforcement/force-free training is a free-for-all for the dog with no boundaries that relies on bribery. This could not be further from the truth. Positive reinforcement dog training is based on rewarding the behavior you do want. The aim is to make training quick, effective, and pleasant for both parties.

It’s simple—rewarded behavior continues—you get more of what you reinforce.

Part of good training relies on setting the scene up so the dog is highly likely to be successful, instead of putting the dog in a situation in which it’s over threshold, not likely to learn what you want, and ultimately setting them up for failure and punishment.

We control so many aspects of our dog’s world, that preventing unwanted behavior and setting the dog up to succeed is usually rather simple. This is called management—prevent the dog from rehearsing the undesirable behavior by controlling the environment.

Positive reinforcement training isn’t all about rewards. There are boundaries and consequences for making the wrong choice, but these consequences need not be painful or scary. A consequence can be positive, as a means for the dog to gain access to what it wants, or negative in the loss of the opportunity to gain access to what it wants.

All good relationships are built on trust. Trust is earned, it’s not given. By training with positive reinforcement, the dog is taught to trust the handler rather than fear the handler. We give the dog a choice by teaching the appropriate behavior from the start, rather than waiting for them to screw up and implement a punishment that is painful or scary.

Rather than going on and on about what you don’t want the dog to do, answer this question: “What do I want the dog to do instead?” This gives you the power and the opportunity to get what you want. If you can’t determine what it is you’d like the dog to do, imagine how frustrated the dog must be.

With this shift in mindset, you start seeing the opportunities to reinforce the dog for the behaviors you like and ways to prevent the unwanted behavior from occurring. When you start reinforcing the behavior you want, you can expect the dog to start offering more of it. •

/ comprehensivecaninetraining.com

Pet Friendly Movie Night

FREE EVENT!

Join us Saturday, September 7th for our first pet-friendly Movie Night event!! The whole family—including the dog—is invited!

We will be showing “The Secret Life Of Pets 2”.

Popcorn and pet-friendly treats will be provided.

Paddle for the Paws

3 different paddles this year: Super Easy 2 mile Paddle WIth your Paws! 11 mile paddle to Exchange Island and New this Year: 12 mile Race around exchange Island and back. Lot of paddle craft welcome, kayaks, Stand up Paddleboards, OC’s and many more. $20.00 pre registration thru 8-28, $30.00 after 8-28.
Fun paddle registration call All Wet Sports (904) 646-9887
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MARK YOUR Calendars!

Clear the Shelters Jacksonville

Join us for a free adoption weekend as we aim to CLEAR THE SHELTERS in Jacksonville. Come to PetSmart in Regency and meet over 100 dogs, cats, kittens, and puppies looking for homes. This is a national movement to promote pet adoption – don’t miss it.

ADOPTIONS ARE FREE! *

Three Locations:

PetSmart
356 Monument Road
Jacksonville, FL 32225

The Jacksonville Humane Society
8464 Beach Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32216

Animal Care & Protective Services
2020 Forest Street
Jacksonville, FL 32204

This event is made possible from a generous grant from PetSmart Charities.

*Additional fees may apply.

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Paint Your Pet presented by Gogh Create

Atlantic Beach Arts Market

Gogh Create Presents:

Paint Your Pet

We all have the desire and love to create! Let’s enjoy making art and discovering our creative process together. With Gogh Create we believe in a customizable approach and provide you with the resources to help you create something that will bring you joy!
Using acrylic paint on a 12”x12” canvas you will create a painting of your furry friend. With a customizable approach you will be provided with the instruction and resources to help you create a painting of your pet. Participants are encouraged to bring pictures that would assist with the process.

$35- Includes all supplies.

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Atlantic Beach Arts Market

1805 Mayport Road
Atlantic Beach, FL 32233
(904) 372-7442