We are a Force Free organization. What does that mean exactly?
Force Free is a type of training that takes into account the emotions and feelings of animals along with the science of how animals learn. Force Free training does not employ pain, startling techniques, fear, or anything the dog perceives as negative tools to train and care for dogs.
What the studies say about Force Free:
*According to a 2008 study facilitated by Anouck Haverbeke, dogs that received the most corrections and punishment did not learn as well as the others. In addition, the dogs that received punishment were also found to be more distracted, paying less attention to their handler and the tasks they were supposed to complete.
*In 2009, Meghan E. Herron studied the use and outcome of confrontational and non-confrontational training methods. Results showed that if you are aggressive with your dog, your dog will be aggressive with you. This study showed that using confrontational methods, force, growling at your dog, and even staring down your dog can increase aggression by up to 41%!
*Make Your Dog Happy, Train Force Free: http://www.companionanimalpsychology.com/2015/09/make-your-dog-happy-train-force-free.html.
*An Open Letter to Veterinarians On Referrals To Training And Behavior Professionals: https://www.petprofessionalguild.com/Open-letter-to-veterinarians-on-referrals-to-training-and-behavior-professionals