Fellow Creatures: Helping People Switch to Reward-Based Dog Training Methods

We know that reward-based methods are the best way to train dogs. Lately in the news I’ve read various stories about ways to encourage more people to get vaccinated in order to make a difference to the pandemic, and I’ve been seeing parallels with dog training.

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So I wrote about it on my Psych Today blog, Fellow Creatures, and you can read it here: Helping people switch to reward-based dog training methods.

And if you're interested in this topic, you might also like:

Why don’t more people use positive reinforcement to train dogs? (about my own research)

To promote positive reinforcement dog training, teach, engage, and amplify (three tips based on principles from science communication)


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Zazie Todd, PhD, is the author of Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy, winner of the Maxwell Medallion for best book (behaviour, health or general care) from the Dog Writers Association of America. She is the founder of the popular blog Companion Animal Psychology, and also writes a column for Psychology Today. Todd lives in Maple Ridge, BC, with her husband, one dog, and two cats.

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