NYOC’s training methodology reflects our Training Philosophy.
NYOC utilizes a reward-based, positive training method based on the most current scientific studies of how dogs learn; dogs are not punished for doing the wrong thing. Instead, they are praised and treated for doing what is asked of them.
Any form of physical correction that inflicts pain on a dog is forbidden in NYOC classes; and we strongly discourage our students from using corrections or punishment in training their dogs outside of class. Punishment has been shown to be an ineffectual part of any training; it damages the trust and the bond with the person and it actually impedes learning.
Successful training requires that the dog feel safe and connected with the handler. Our instructors will help you understand the difference between “traditional” punishment – based training and reward – based training! You will learn how and when to reward your dog for doing what you want him/her to do. We will also show you how to re-direct your dog when it “makes a mistake” and how the absence of a reward/praise is usually enough “punishment” for your dog.