The game you and your dog just played is an example of how you'll learn to train together in Harper.

It's called positive reinforcement.

There's a whole science behind it, but at it's core, it's a simple idea:

Encourage the behavior you want through rewards.

We use it all the time with kids, other adults, and even ourselves without noticing.

With our dogs, positive reinforcement means giving them a reward right after they do something you want them to do. That way, they associate the reward with that action, and they'll do it more often. That's it.

Positive reinforcement is the fastest, most chill, most effective way to train your dog.

There are no choke collars, e-collars, prong collars, pinch collars, yelling, fear, or punishment. You treat your best friend with respect, and they will trust and connect with you more because of it.

You'll learn a lot more about positive reinforcement and other dog training concepts as you make your way through Puppy Camp.

For today, there are three important ideas to take with you. If you keep these in mind every day (not just during training sessions) then you'll already be well on your way to being a great dog parent. They are:

  1. Teach your dog what you want them to do instead of what you don't want them to do
  2. Reward them for doing what you want so that they'll repeat it
  3. Remove motivation and access to do the things you don't want them to do