AVSAB Humane Dog Training Position Statement

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Evidence supports the use of reward based methods for all canine training. AVSAB promotes interactions with animals based on compassion, respect, and scientific evidence. Based on these factors, reward-based learning offers the most advantages and least harm to the learner’s welfare. Research supports the efficacy of reward-based training to address unwanted and challenging behaviors. There is no evidence that aversive training is necessary for dog training or behavior modification.

Position statement on humane dog training American … American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior. (n.d.). Retrieved February 18, 2022, from https://avsab.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/AVSAB-Humane-Dog-Training-Position-Statement-2021.pdf

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Topic(s): Behavior, Breeder Resource, Dog to People - Skill Building, Intervention, Problem Abnormal Behavior, Social Interactions