In dog training, we often say, "what you click is what you get," meaning the behavior you reward will be repeated again. This is true in humans and canines, yet people typically rely on punishment to control behavior in every day life. It may be unrealistic to eliminate giving tickets to speeders or time outs to rowdy kids, but what if we could use successful principles from reinforcement based dog training to increase desirable behaviors in people?

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Too much of what is purported to be positive only dog training is anything but. I've seen adherents of positive only dog training talk about how horrible shock collars are, then proceed to yank a dog around to get it to come, sit or stay.

The latest example of positive only dog training which uses punishment comes from this article I just read.

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A Jacksonville woman is taking her passion for dogs to the business level.

Dee Goings will open Peace, Light & Love for Dogs, a training, behavioral modification and day care center for canines, on Jan. 2 in the former R & M Appliances building at 600 S. Diamond St.

“I do force-free dog training,” Goings said.

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Whether you plan on getting a new puppy for Christmas or just want Fido to finally nail the “sit” command in time for your relatives to arrive, it is never too late to begin training your dog. Here are some tips for having a well-behaved pooch just in time for the holiday season.

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Whether you plan on getting a new puppy for Christmas or just want Fido to finally nail the “sit” command in time for your relatives to arrive, it is never too late to begin training your dog. Here are some tips for having a well-behaved pooch just in time for the holiday season.

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US"From the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University

US"Whether you plan on getting a new puppy for Christmas or just want Fido to finally nail the “sit” command in time for your relatives to arrive, it is never too late to begin training your dog.

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Choosing a good dog trainer is much like finding the right teacher for your child. Assertive but caring, attentive and knowledgeable—there are many important qualities to keep an eye out for when making this crucial decision. In order to choose one wisely, it is advised that dog owners call, interview, and observe a trainer prior to hiring them.

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BATAVIA — There’s always hope for a naughty, aggressive or scared pooch, Tori Ganino says.

You just have to understand it.

“It’s always been a dream of mine to be a trainer,” she said at her newly opened business on Harvester Avenue. “I love psychology and to think about ‘how can we work around this?’ Everything I suggest, every technique or behavior modification I use, I know it works.”

Ganino and her husband Rich used to operate out of their home in Elba.

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It's sort of like a spanking, a short-lived physical punishment for unwanted behavior. But like spanking, people can't seem to agree if it's an acceptable form of discipline, in this case, for dogs.

Sean O'Shea tells CBS News correspondent Don Dahler he's used shock collars to train dogs for years. He swears by it, and he's not alone.

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New research supports the idea that positive reinforcement is best for both animal welfare and strengthening our relationship with our pets.

Many people are concerned that aversive-based dog training methods can have side-effects. A new study by Stéphanie Deldalle and Florence Gaunet (in press in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior) observes dogs and their humans at training classes using either positive or negative reinforcement.

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