Myth Busting Monday: "Positive reinforcement doesn't work for some dogs."

There are many variations of this myth: positive reinforcement doesn't work for "tough" breeds, positive reinforcement doesn't work for "red zone"/aggressive dogs, and so on and so forth. Here's the thing. Positive reinforcement always work if done PROPERLY, and if you are using something the dog actually finds REINFORCING. The behavior sciences are nuanced and complicated; Bob Bailey, a famous and very well respected animal trainer, has said "Training is simple, but it's not always easy". If I'm working with a family that says "positive reinforcement didn't work for my dog" usually it comes down to a few things: 1) They are working the dog over threshold. If I am working with a dog who has

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