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Training Methodology
& Philosophy

UpSwing Canine Behavior Services strives for excellence. We are fully dedicated to using humane, family-friendly, positive training methods. We do not believe in taking short-cuts to training that may cause more behavioral issues in the future. We do not use intimidation, fear, force or pain to reach our training goals. This makes learning more enjoyable for you and your dog. In order to ensure that every dog and owner team finds success, we advocate the use of these positive, reward-based methods. This creates a more relaxed and safe learning space where dog and owner both can learn to truly love working together. It's all about the teamwork!


Positive reinforcement training is proven to be the best option for both dogs and their owners and has advantages over other training styles. It has shown to be highly effective in teaching dogs a wide range of behaviors and cues. By reinforcing desired behaviors with treats, praise, play, or attention, dogs are more likely to repeat them, making the training process more effective. Unlike some other training methods, reinforcement-based training builds a strong foundation of understanding and communication between humans and dogs. This long-term approach ensures that dogs learn and retain the skills taught, making future training sessions easier and less stressful for both the dog and the trainer. It can help grow the relationship and aid in bonding dog to owner. Positive training does not rely on fear, force, or aversive techniques. This humane approach ensures that dogs feel comfortable and happy during training, reducing the risk of stress, aggression and potential redirection. Positive reinforcement can be adapted to suit different learning styles and temperaments of dogs. There really is no breed that needs a "heavy hand", which is proven time and time again in zoos everywhere where large exotic animals, like lions and tigers, are learning to cooperate for veterinary procedures using positive reinforcement. It is a very versatile and adaptable training method. Focusing on rewarding desired behaviors helps to prevent the development of reactivity and aggression in dogs. By reinforcing calm behavior, in time, dogs can learn to ignore distractions and remain calm in challenging situations. It is important to remember that this can be a slow process. Changing deep emotions or learned behaviors does not happen overnight. TV and social media never show the whole story! It takes practice, dedication and lots of hard work. By following the principles of positive reinforcement, anyone - even children in the home - can develop more effective training skills and build a stronger relationship with their dog. Reinforcement-based training methods empowers owners to become the primary trainers for their dogs. This is vital to success! By focusing on rewarding desired behaviors, owners can actively participate in the training process, when the trainer is not present, fostering a stronger bond with their dog and a better understanding of their needs. Positive training methods are also supported, and the only training methodology recommended by the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior. Please click to see the AVSAB position statement on Humane Dog Training.

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