When it comes to training your dog, there are so many different methods out there that it can be difficult to figure out which one you want to try. It can also be difficult to figure out how each one works. One theory out there is the scientific approach, and here is how it works.
The scientific approach method is nice because it does not involve any sort of punishment for your dog’s bad behavior. You will not be using any physical force, crate time, shock collars, or anything of the sort. There are methods that focus only on punishment for bad behavior, while there are others that focus only on rewards for correct behavior. The ideas of this theory are based on research that has to do with the way dogs really think.
Dogs are smarter than we sometimes give them credit for. They are able to solve problems and think reasonably. The whole point of this theory is to be able to communicate with your dog in their own language. In other words, you are striving to communicate with them in a way that they will understand easily. Both positive reinforcement and negative reinforcement will both be used as well as some other things like teaching your dog through your own example.
Here is an example of how this method works. Say you want to teach your dog how to walk next to you on a leash properly. Some methods would focus on pulling them with hard motions to show your dominance. Other methods would reward immensely when they did it correctly. This method, however, would simply use a tighter collar around their neck to allow you to give them a quick jerk if they are trying to pull ahead. This would teach your dog that it is not okay to pull ahead of you and that they will need to stay close by your side. It does not quite use punishment nor reward to teach them this concept. This will teach them the desired behavior very quickly by communicating with them what you want. The other methods may eventually work, but they do not necessarily communicate with your dog what you are wanting them to do. Again, the goal here is to learn how to communicate with your dog and allow your dog to really understand you and your desires.
This method may be a little different than most of the methods you have generally heard. As stated, most other methods focus much more on reward training or punishment based training. While these methods may end up working well enough to get your dog to do the things you are wanting, they will never really understand why those are the things you are wanting. Because of this, they are more likely to slip up from time to time. You will need to decide which method is going to work the best for you and your dog, but this method is definitely worth trying.