“Animal training that involves no forms of intimidation, confrontation, violence, reprimands, or domination. Progressive Reinforcement Training essentially means teaching animals by rewarding desired behaviors and excluding the intentional use of physical or psychological intimidation.” -Emily Larham, Dog Training Specialist
Progressive Reinforcement Training means:
1) Training by rewarding desirable behaviors so they will be more likely to occur in the future, while preventing reinforcement of behaviors that are undesirable.
2) Interrupting and preventing undesirable behaviors without physical or psychological intimidation, as well as rewarding an alternate response (training a behavior you find desirable in it’s place).
3) Taking an animal’s emotional state and stress levels into account.
4) Socializing and teaching an animal to cope with his environment using reinforcement.
5) Using a marker to train, whether it be a clicker, some other noise-maker, your voice or touch, or a visual marker. Or, on the other hand, not using a marker, and instead for example reinforcing an animal by feeding a treat directly to his mouth.
6) Employing humane, effective, respectful training based on the latest scientific evidence.
Progressive Reinforcement Training does not mean:
1) The intentional use of physical or psychological intimidation.
2) Intentionally disregarding an animal’s stress levels or signals.
3) Holding selfish or non compassionate goals for your training.
A commitment to Progressive Reinforcement means never intentionally using the intimidatory tactics above – never in training sessions, and never during any other time spent with an animal.