No pain, no force, no fear.

There’s no need for it & no room for it.

No pain, no force, no fear:

Most people breathe a sigh of relief when I say that, at Tails Up, we don’t use or tolerate the use of these things in our training.

That’s because most people these days love their dogs and want only the best for them.

I think that people always loved their dogs.

The bad old days:

But there were dark days when the belief was that dogs had to be brought under control by cruel means. Some people still say that they remember the time when choke chains were the main training tool. Yes, Choke Chains.

Chains used to choke the dog until it submitted.

This sometimes worked – a bit. They worked if you wanted a dog who feared you, it worked if you could do it properly (most people couldn’t) and it worked if chain was actually around the dog’s neck and attached to a lead. Not a promising basis for a trusting relationship.

New thinking

Thankfully, since then, there has been a big shift in thinking about this. There has been lots of research to show that there are far better, kinder and more successful ways of getting our dogs to behave as we want them to.

This is by putting into practice the belief that it’s best to train with no pain no force no fear. We simply have to stop, think a little, then use our larger brain to teach them what we want.

Dogs are dogs, after all. They attached themselves to us in the first place. They found us useful and then we found them useful. Since then we have come a long way together. There is archaeological evidence from 3 continents to show that we have kept dogs as domestic pets for 14,000 years.

So we surely can relate to each other as friends and guides!

Why we work with no pain no force no fear:

no pain no force no fear in this dog loving a gameOur dogs show many signs of affection. They jump up on us to welcome us home, they lick our faces (if we let them) to ask for care and nurturing, play with us as they would their mother or siblings.

In return, we guide them so they can use only those behaviours which please us, and help them eliminate the ones we don’t want.

What happens if we use other techniques?

Cruel training methods result in a dog who does not trust us, a dog who fears us and a dog who is unhappy. Fear, lack of trust and unhappiness are food for aggression.

In the end, cruel techniques just do not work.

How do we work with no pain no force no fear?

If you’ve read my article on the basics of dog training, you’ll know about the golden rule: OMIR. This is based on the fact that dogs, like all animals, have their own rules of behaviour and do what works for them.

If we reinforce them for doing a particular thing, they think, “Hey, that worked. I’ll do it again”. If we reinforce them over & over for doing that particular thing, the idea that it works becomes firmly entrenched. It’s hard to untrain!

It is far harder to untrain a poor behaviour than to train a good one to start with!

Failing to train with no pain no force no fear is a lazy way of training that leads either to habits of poor behaviour or a fearful dog. And a fearful dog can easily become a dangerous dog.

So the lesson here is to work out what things your dog finds reinforcing. You might be surprised to find out a number of things that a dog does find reinforcing!

Things a dog likes are not always the same as things we like.

How about the practise that very many people have of pushing a dog down when it jumps on them? It rarely works. Why? Because we are giving it physical contact and dogs are very much about physical contact. It didn’t get a pat but that doesn’t matter.

You might have seen TV shows or youTube videos of so-called trainers kicking a dog in the ribs or breast bone for jumping up. If this worked for them, it’s because they caused the dog pain. But along with pain comes fear. Most people trying this don’t cause pain to the dog; what they do do is make the dog think that it’s a very good game.

Dogs love rough play.

So you need to think about it from the point of view of the dog.

Turn you back & ignore a dog who jumps on you; no pain no force no fear here but attention and physical contact (both things dogs love) are taken away.

So we use no pain, no force no fear to train a dog. Instead, we use our understanding of how animals learn and things dogs like and dislike and put this knowledge into practice.

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