Over the past six months, I've had the amazing pleasure of deepening my education and experience in dog training and behavior by interning with, shadowing and assisting trainers in two local shelters as well as trainers who own their own businesses. Additionally, this semester in the Anthrozoology graduate program, I took courses entitled "Issues in Animal Behavior" and "Animal Welfare."
While the animal behavior class focused on wild animal behavior and conservation, my animal welfare class shifted my perspective on companion animals. Due to my recent endeavors whilst taking this class, I chose to write my final paper on how dog training methods affect canine welfare. I am really pleased with how it turned out, so I have shared it below. Please let me know any questions and comments you may have. I am so excited about the path I'm on and plan to utilize my growing knowledge in the work I do for Heal to Howl.
Differences in Dog Training Methods & the Creation of Positive or Negative Welfare
There are various dog training methods being utilized today. While positive reinforcement and reward-based training are increasing in popularity, traditionally, domestic dogs have been and some continue to be trained with negative reinforcement and positive punishment (Hiby, Rooney & Bradshaw, 2004). Animal guardians, as well as professionals who work with dogs, must consider the welfare implications of utilizing various training methods.
Owner of Heal to Howl.