Does The DogSmith say they are Positive dog trainers?
As it is used in dog training, the term "positive" can be very misleading and confusing to the pet owner. In the context of learning theory, the science behind how we all learn, the term positive means the addition of something. Positive reinforcement means you are giving the dog something it likes whereas Positive Punishment means you are giving the dog something it does not like. At The DogSmith we use the least aversive and minimally intrusive training methods possible. Dogs do not seek to avoid or escape the methods we use. So if you call that positive then yes, we are positive trainers. We NEVER inflict mental or physical harm on any dog. The DogSmith methods are educational, instructional, effective and efficient and most importantly they are user friendly. Friendly for the dog and friendly for the owner.