Treatment Name: Training Theories: Positive Reinforcement Training

Treatment Type: Training Techniques

Rated for: American English Coonhound / American Pit Bull Terrier Mix

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Positive Reinforcement only went so far with our mixed breed dog




Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, United States

Posted Jun. 18, 2018

Our mixed breed mutt had been kept in a garage for six months and had not been trained nor socialized in any way when we got him. He was very wild, untamed and impulsive, and teaching him anything at all was quite a challenge.

When using positive reinforcement on our dog, it would work for some of his behavioral issues some of the time. but never all the time. We tried giving him extra attention and/or treats as positive reinforcement techniques.

He would urinate on the floor constantly and would even urinate on us sometimes whenever he would turn over on his back and we would rub his belly. We weren't sure if it was a bladder problem, a nervous problem, or if he just didn't care, but no matter what we did, we couldn't stop him from urinating whenever and wherever he pleased--especially when he would get excited. And positive reinforcement never worked on him for house training purposes.

It worked sometimes for: jumping, not coming when called, socializing with humans, whining, digging and destructive chewing

It almost never worked for heeling and play biting.

Again, this is just based on a mixed breed dog who had no kind of training for the first 4 to 6 months of his life. Pure breed and/or other more domesticated mixed breed dogs would likely be more receptive to positive reinforcement techniques.

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