Positive Vs. Negative Dog Training: Key Concepts For Dog Owners

If you’re a dog owner, chances are you’ve put a lot of time and energy into choosing your dog. And whether you have a puppy from a reputable breeder or have adopted an older dog from the shelter, we can bet you’ve spent some time training your dog, or at least thinking about it. 

All dogs need training and socialization in order to be happy and healthy members of society. But there are many types of training and a multitude of opinions on the best methods of dog training.

We know sorting it all out can get confusing, so Beverly Hills Veterinary Associates is sharing the basics of two common dog training methodologies: positive reinforcement training and negative reinforcement training.

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Back to School: Improving Your Dog’s Behavior

Getting the kids ready for the new school year may remind you of just how much “schooling” is needed to improve your dog’s behavior. Has he been shredding shoes, or howling through the night? Do you worry about his random “nipping” at strangers or have noticed an increase in separation anxiety?

Man’s best friend can certainly develop a lot of bad habits when consistency and training are ignored. Sometimes changes in schedule, such as start of the new school year or longer working hours, can also prompt changes in your pet’s behavior.

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Beyond the Cute Factor: What Makes a Good Dog?

good dogEven the most stalwart cat lover can see that a dog works hard for the universal title of “man’s best friend.” Dogs are perceived across the board as intrinsically loyal, fun, and loving. Unfortunately, for various reasons, not all dogs fit into the good dog category right away – especially without the support and guidance of a responsible and loving owner.

So what’s a dog lover to do? Research the right breed for your family, train and socialize your dog, and never waiver in your love. With the right approach and mindset, that love will come back to you tenfold from the most adoring canine you’ve ever seen.

Fitting Together

Every single dog out there is special, unique, and deserving of a forever home. However, sometimes people adopt a dog without fully preparing for what’s to come. Dogs are often surrendered because an owner didn’t have enough room, time, or money to adequately care for their eager four-legged friend.

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