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. Over time, positive reinforcement dog training serves as a humane and effective communication tool that will strengthen your relationship with your dog.
Recommended Training Equipment
Your walking equipment is the foundation of your training journey with your dog. We recommend these alternatives to prong, choke and shock collars.
Flat or Rolled Collars are recommended for attaching contact information, license, rabies tags, etc. for identification purposes.
Martingale Collars are recommended for dogs with narrow heads who can easily slip out of collars. They are adjustable to prevent strangulation.
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.
More Information on Humane Training
Force Free Gun Dog Training (2022)
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