Progressive Reinforcement Training Center

Progressive Reinforcement Training

By: Melissa Kolmar, CPDT-KA, SBA

We’ve talked before about how important it is to hear exactly what a trainer will and won’t do with your dog. There is a lot of great marketing and fluffy language out there when it comes to dog training, but at the end of the day, it’s important that clients have a clear understanding of what a trainer stands for and believes in.

That’s why we are so excited that the talented trainer, Emily Larlham, coined the term Progressive Reinforcement Training. Her definition is aligned with how we train at New Dawn and we are happy to introduce the concept to our clients.

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.

The Principles

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.