What style of dog training does Royvon use?
All of our experience, our real love of dogs and our constant education in the latest scientifically-backed studies on dogs leads us to champion positive reinforcement as the key motivator for good behaviour. With residential training, there is huge trust put in the trainer while their dog is away and it is critical to know what type of training is going to be used, not just the outcomes expected. Many residential dog training options use force such as electric collars to demand obedience rather than teach it. We focus on building trust between you and your dog so that they learn that paying attention is very rewarding and they are willing and open to your directions.
Why does rewarding your dog’s good behaviour work so well?
Dogs are intelligent animals, bred to be around humans and work together with us. They learn quickly and we have the opportunity to make sure that what they are learning is healthy, useful and correct. With reward-based training they learn that obedience is the key to turning on a tap of amazing rewards – attention, fun, toys and treats are all up for grabs if they concentrate and follow the trainer.
To begin with the treats are plentiful and as they learn, the treats for the initial commands are phased out as they learn to focus on the more developed instructions. So at the beginning a dog may get treats for sitting nicely but in time this becomes the norm and they have to work a little harder for their treats – but still knowing that they are achievable. As they progress through training, the training moves to increasingly challenging environments with more distractions. If they lose their focus, the treat tap switches off. In turn, the dog seeks rewards and turns their attention back to the trainer and this triggers the treat tap to come back on, whatever type of treat that may be! In this way the dog learns that focus brings reward.
How can I get started with force free dog training?
The Royvon business is built on training dogs in obedience: from puppy education to residential training to group classes and day school. However, we do get enquiries from owners looking for their dog to display obedience in a robotic way and we take it as part of our responsibility to explain what happens during dominance dog training to achieve that. We are always force free and we see the results: happy dogs with modified behaviour that owners are proud of. For more information on the positive, force free dog training options that we offer at Royvon, please visit our web pages or book an assessment to discuss your options through My Account.