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We always train entirely force free.



Why train force free?

Quite simply...Becuase it works!

It is not necessary to use coerction, force, fear, or pain to train a dog. In fact, it can be counter productive.


Using aversive techniques can make a fearful dog more frightened and an aggressive dog more dangerous.


Training at Out of the Dog House is grounded in science and evidence-based practice.


By applying the principles of animal learning, we train dogs using positive reinforcement and lure and reward.


Dogs learn quickly, feel safe, and have a good time doing it!




 American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior. n.d. Position statement on the use of punishment in training:


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