Friday, February 26, 2016

Balanced Training with Food Rewards

Simple basic training, using high value food rewards, combined with a good, positive relationship will help keep your dogs happy, balanced, and safe.  Clear communications make all the difference in any training program, coupled with the personal connection you have with your dog.

In the following brief training video, Robert Cabral, founder of Bound Angels, reviews his method of luring and shaping behaviors using food rewards.  Robert and Goofy, his Belgian Malinois, demonstrate the basic “Look” command, the implied “Stay” command, and how to “bridge” using the Binary principle of dog training, all while strengthening your relationship with your dog.

Note that Robert uses “Yes” as his release word, while many of us use “Yes” as a marker for training (instead of a clicker) and “OK” as the release word.  Please keep in mind that, in all of your training, you should use the words you are most comfortable with and can be consistent with because consistency is the key to all training.

In this thought provoking video, Robert Cabral speaks at a Symposium at UCLA, giving a clear and insightful explanation of Kennel Syndrome, Barrier Aggression, and the simple but important positive training he is implementing via Bound Angels to help shelters help the dogs in their care, enabling them to find homes when they might otherwise fail in the shelter system.  Great lessons for all who are dedicated to Rescue.

Robert Cabral, Founder and Executive Director of Bound Angels, is an authority on canine behavior and shelter dogs.  His first hand knowledge of shelter behavior, aggression, and dog training is a lifesaver to dogs that have no one to speak for them - Robert speaks for them, sometimes eloquently, oftentimes candidly - but always honestly and always with the intent to make the world a better place for them.  Bound Angels helps animal shelters save more lives through information and knowledge.

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