New Dawn Animal Behavior Center
Our training methods are based in the science of behavior analysis. In the words of Susan Friedman, PhD “applied behavior analysis with our companion animals offers scientifically sound teaching technology and ethical standards that can improve the lives of all animals.” At New Dawn Animal Behavior Center we are trainers, but more importantly, we are behavior engineers. We seek to create change with our companion animals by focusing on what we want them to do…..replacing what behavior we do not like. We want to teach you how to “speak dog”… reading and understanding your dog … to resolve problems while enhancing the bond.
Our methods can best be described as Progressive Reinforcement Training.
Progressive Reinforcement Training is a way to teach and modify behavior that doesn’t involve any forms of intentional physical or psychological intimidation. This way of teaching furthers an evolutionary progress toward a more compassionate relationship between humans and animals. You can read the complete manifesto housed on https://progressivereinforcementtraining.com/ which goes into more detail about the principles as well as how to apply them.
Progressive Reinforcement Training essentially means teaching by reinforcing and training desired behaviors, interrupting and preventing undesirable behaviors without the intentional use of physical or psychological intimidation and taking into consideration the learner’s physical health and emotional state. Educating oneself with the goal of employing humane, effective training based on the latest scientific evidence.
Progressive Reinforcement Training means:
1) Teaching and reinforcing desirable behaviors so they will be more likely to occur in the future.
2) Preventing and interrupting undesirable behaviors without the intentional use of physical or psychological intimidation.
3) Taking the learner’s physical and emotional wellbeing into account.
4) Continuing to educate oneself with the goal of employing humane, effective training based on the latest scientific evidence.
A commitment to Progressive Reinforcement Training means strictly following all of the above principles not just in training sessions but during 100% of the time spent with the animal.
Progressive Reinforcement Training does not mean:
1) The intentional use of physical or psychological intimidation.
2) Intentionally disregarding the learner’s physical and emotional wellbeing.
3) Holding uncompassionate goals for your training.
“Life as we know it has changed dramatically. I have a dog that can be skittish, fearful and reactive. But she’s also a doll. And you’ve taught me how to live life with her without being constantly worried about the environment around us and around her. I am aware of the environment–more so, really. But I know better how to read her and how to better anticipate and hopefully preempt the reactions and the situations that used to be so traumatic for her. And you also taught me to try to make EVERYTHING fun, fun, fun! it changes my perspective on life, too. Thank you, thank you, thank you–from the bottom of my heart. :-D”
– Louella and Annie Berke