Force Free (aka positive reinforcement) training is a humane training method based on behavior science. Operant and classical conditioning, is the foundation for all animal learning and the method provides the tools needed to train animals and modify behavior.
Force Free method focus’ on teaching an animal what to do versus focusing on what not to do. Animals are rewarded for performing good behaviors and the reward is removed for unwanted behaviors. Reward based training produces behaviors that are more reliable than behaviors achieved through traditional methods, which focus heavily on punishment.
Using positive reinforcement, animals learn to make good choices to perform desired behaviors. Force Free training builds relationships among animal and handler and results in enthusiastic training participants.
Force Free training is without coercion or aversives, meaning pain, fear or startling and is not used to train or handle dogs. Aversives include pain collars (prong, choke and shock), shaking cans, sticks or other devices to startle, alpha rolls, intimidation, etc. Force Free trainers do not need to use aversives. Further aversives can cause inhibition of learning, increase fear and aggression, along with possible injury to animals or people.
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