• Michael D’Abruzzo

    December 5, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    Thanks Jose for the compliments on the system! I agree with Teresa and you have also hit the nail on the head when it is a matter of primary and secondary reinforcers. Many training schools are excellent because they give hands on experience with the “mechanics” of dog training, but also as a professional dog trainer it is importat to understand why and when praise will work best. Praise will work great for just about every dog but only if paired with the correct primary reinforcer that works for that dog and then eventually put on a reward schedule to maintain it that works for the situation. Praise by itself is “cheap” the dog. Pair it with real love, treats, or a toy and it will have meaning. What works best will be determined by many factors including how well you are “establishing operations” and what is the strength of the relationship and genetic predisposition of the dog.

    Welcome to the site! We love to have true fanatics on board that demand to bring the profession to the next level of “professional”.