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Building a Relationship with Positive Reinforcement

Prong, choke, and shock collars HURT! And in turn, they hurt your relationship with your dog. That is why Our Companions uses science-based, positive reinforcement and fear-free training methods that are proven to not only build better behaviors but create a long-lasting and positive relationship with your companion.

What is Positive Reinforcement?

Positive reinforcement training uses rewards such as treats, praise, toys, etc. to reinforce desirable behaviors and uses management to remove rewards from undesirable behaviors. Over time, positive reinforcement dog training serves as a humane and effective communication tool that will strengthen your relationship with your dog.

The Truth About Pain Collars

Despite the wide use and sale of pain collars in dog training and pet stores, pain collars are NOT safe or humane. They are designed to inflict pain and/or cause discomfort in your dog. Injuries are common and range from skin punctures to spinal cord problems and crushed tracheas. Furthermore, numerous studies have shown that the use of aversives can lead to a diminished bond between the owner and their dog.

What do we mean by "Pain Collars?"

  • Choke Chains
  • Slip-Leads without Stoppers
  • Prong Collars
  • Shock Collars

Myth vs. Fact: Debunking some of the most common misconceptions about the use of pain collars and humane dog training.

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