Communication is key
Owning a dog is as much a joy as it is a responsibility and commitment.
It is your job as a dog owner to provide guidance and education to ensure a happy, healthy life.
You and your dog should work as a team. You need to be able to trust in your dogs training no matter the distraction or environment. Learning to efficiently communicate human to human is difficult, never mind human to canine, and there is nothing more frustrating than a misunderstanding. This is where we come in.
We start with manners, basic obedience. It is here we develop a common language that teaches our dogs to critically think and allows us to converse and express our needs and wants. At Heart of Gold Canine we don't have a "cookie cutter" method. Everything we do is tailored to you: your needs, goals, and budget. Once we begin, you will see the unbelievable results that will last a lifetime. As long as you are willing to teach, your dog is willing to learn.
How do you train?
Using science backed methods with proven results.
We at Heart of Gold Canine have studied with some of the best minds in the country. We used balanced training, as no dog is the same and training must accommodate that. It is important to understand that dogs learn best with positive reinforcement and motivation. Training for your dog must be based on their individual personality, aptitude and behavior concerns.
The Four Quadrants of Dog Training
Operant conditioning is using consequence manipulation to increase or decrease the frequency of a particular behavior.
Frequently, when trainers speak to clients about their dog’s behavior, they refer to one or more of the four quadrants of operant conditioning. The consequences we’ll be discussing are punishment and reinforcement. As they relate to training, these words have very specific definitions which differ from their colloquial use:
Punishment is any consequence which reduces behavior.
Reinforcement is any consequence which increases behavior.
Adding a desirable stimulus to increase the frequency of behavior. Ex: You go to work
all week, and are reinforced
with a paycheck.
Adding an aversive
stimulus which will reduce
the frequency of behavior.
Ex: You eat spoiled food and gets a bad taste in you mouth.
Removing an aversive stimulus to increase the frequency of behavior. Ex: Your alarm
goes off continually until
you turn it off.
Removing a desirable
stimulus to reduce the
frequency of behavior. Ex:
Child fights with a sibling and
has their favorite toy taken away
In all operant conditioning applications, the learner gets to decide what is punishing or reinforcing. Punishment and reinforcement are defined by their effect on the relative frequency behavior.
If a person yells at a dog to stop barking behavior and the barking does not decrease in frequency, yelling at the dog has not, by definition, functioned as a punishment. If the person keeps yelling at the dog and the behavior does not reduce in frequency, the person is nagging, rather than training. If you give your dog a piece of kibble each time he sits and he does not offer the “sit” behavior more frequently, the kibble has not functioned as a reinforcement.
Each and every dog is an individual and that is why our programs are completely customized to you and your pup. While the science behind it may be complex and confusing the results speak for themselves.
With every program we teach, our aim is to polish our students and bring out the best in each unique dog. We believe every dog has a heart of gold, and it is our mission to help them shine.