Research has shown that pet owners and trainers often use two different approaches when training pets. They can usually be classified as positive reinforcement and negative reinforcement training. The question now is, which is the most effective?
Before we give you the answer, let’s first identify the difference between the two. Positive reinforcements in pets mean that you give them praise or rewards as they do the right thing. The rewards are seen as a way to encourage them to do the behavior more often.
On the other hand, negative reinforcements use chastising language and voice tone, or punishments in order for the pet to avoid doing wrong or unwanted behaviors.
To answer the question of which of these reinforcement training methods are more productive, simply, we can say that positive reinforcement definitely works better. Aside from other clear benefits of positive reinforcement, negative reinforcement techniques are not as effective because:
The adverse effects of negative reinforcements are evident, and these are based on extensive research and findings. However, another critical question that we should ask is why are negative reinforcement training on pets are still used? Here are some of the answers:
So, are you still going to use negative reinforcements in training your pet? Please don’t do it. You can correct any type of behavior that your pet shows with positive training support, and some of these include:
Sometimes negative behavior does require a reaction of course. Negative reinforcements with dogs should be short and to the point. Trying to make your dog feel bad is not recommended. Neither is striking your dog. A short sharp “no”, “stop”, “naughty” or something similar is enough to show their actions are not acceptable.
These are just some of the things you can do to help instil discipline and change your pet’s behavior without punishment.
Make sure to use positive reinforcements during training to enhance not only the trust your pet has in you but also the overall positive relationship that you have with your pet.