Welcome to the Motivational Method...an approach to training for
people who like their dogs and have them first and foremost as pets and
companions. The Motivational Method systematically moves through
three phases: teaching, practicing, and testing, all accomplished through
positive reinforcement. This training results in a dog who believes he
can succeed, a belief that is crucial -- without it, the dog cannot continue
to learn and perform in a reliable, motivated fashion. We believe that
positive reinforcement is the most effective teaching tool. By rewarding
the correct response, the dog is motivated to learn and training
is made pleasant for both handler and dog.
By putting the dog in a position of discovering on his own what it is
that we want, training has been made easier, and more fun, and it
has produced a more reliable dog.
The Motivational Method dates back to 1970 and originated with
Top Dog Training School in New
York with Jack and Wendy Volhard.
All of the Best Friends Obedience instructors have used the Motivational
Method to train their own dogs. Most have attended one or more of the Volhard's
Instructor Training Camps. Two of the Best Friends Obedience instructors
are also instructors at the Volhard Instructor Training Camps.
The Motivational Method -- orderly, logical, and fun.