Why do dogs love us? Our force free training philosophy!

All behavior professionals at Gigi’s Behavior Services will utilize current, humane, science based methods.  With a holistic approach to behavior, you will learn to set your dog up for success.  You DO NOT need to use pain, force, fear or intimidation to teach or modify behavior – even the difficult behavior!  Family friendly training methods using good sense management and positive reinforcement will help you reach your training and behavior goals.

Positive reinforcement simply means following a behavior with something your dog likes to increase the chance they will do that behavior again.  There are many misconceptions about using positive reinforcement – like that you must carry treats forever, or it is only good for tricks.  It is actually a simple and effective way to quickly teach your dog what you like.

It’s Fun! – – Dogs love to play, just like us.  Work their brain, teach them something new, build on something they already know – good training is cooperative.  A good teacher makes the game challenging, but achievable.

It’s simple – – There’s no need for complicated or scary equipment that make you wonder why you even got a dog.  Watch for the behavior you like, and make sure they get paid with something they like.  All positive reinforcement training is just a variation on this theme.

It’s safe – – Have you heard that you have to wait to start training your puppy?  Historically, that recommendation comes from trainers that use collars/equipment that pose more significant chance of injury.  There is also a risk that fearful or aggressive behaviors can be caused.  In addition, toy breed and those with short snouts are at increased risk from damage for these kinds of tools.  Positive reinforcement works with any age, any species, any size.  Even if you make a big mistake when using positive reinforcement, the risk of causing any lasting damage is very low.

Confidence building – – Dogs taught using only positive reinforcement based methods are more optimistic when they are engaging with the world, and more willing to try new behaviors.  They learn more quickly, and feel free to experiment, knowing that when they find the right answer it pays!  Getting a pay off for making a choice is great for confidence, and confident dogs are better behaved, and easier to train.

Great relationships – – Good communication is the basis for strong relationships and training is a great way to build communication with your pet.  Working with a behavior professional is a great way to learn how to open the lines of communication, both from you to your dog, and understanding how your dog communicates with you.

Proactive – – The focus when using positive reinforcement in on what you want your dog to do, instead of a reactive response after the fact.  When you teach your dog what you would like from them, they will be more likely to offer appropriate behaviors, instead of making choices you don’t like. Unfortunately, reactive responses often inadvertently reinforce the problem behavior.

Lasting results – – Behaviors trained using positive reinforcement are strong, and long lasting, because the dog does them because they are fun and feel good.  They aren’t avoiding being punished when they behave, or worried what might happen when they can’t figure out the right choice.