must be human. However dogs are not human beings, they are
pack animals. They need an established pack order. Effective
training demands that you must be the pack leader.
Teaching your dog to do something or breaking him of a bad
habit can only be done by creating nice feelings associated
with good behaviour (reward training) or by creating small
unpleasant feelings associated with bad behaviour (aversive
Most successful training involves a balanced and appropriate
blend of both reward and aversive training. Electronic training
is most effective as part of just such a balanced training
Aversive training can only be effective if the aversive stimulus
is proportionate, getting the animals attentions by being sufficiently
unpleasant but causing no harm or lasting effects.
When dealing with breaking your dog of an undesirable habit,
it is impossible to “unlearn” undesirable behaviour
by ignoring it or rewarding it and this is where the controlled,
repeatable and safe aversive stimuli available from electronic
training aids come into their own.