The MCC Approach to Training

The MCC Approach – “Positive results through positive training!”

We understand that dog owners are serious about their dogs and want to provide them with the best experience possible.  Our approach is to give you the tools and knowledge to build the bond between you and your dog and make the training process fun and educational.  Each dog is different, and not everyone seeks the same experience.  We understand this and provide options for you to choose the program that best meets your needs.  We listen to our clients to build a training program that fits your life and your dog.

You will learn to be the pack leader in your household, develop more confidence when training your dog and have fun doing it!  The MCC approach promotes positive interaction with your dog while developing a deep level of trust and a lasting human/canine bond. So how do we accomplish this?…


How we do it…Psychology of dog training                                                 

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By blending basic psychological approaches and behavioral modification, we are able to produce positive results almost immediately. The combination of these three theories reduces anxiety in the dog, builds trust & respect and increases stability in the dog’s world, thus making the dog more comfortable with their environment.  Most importantly, we teach these theories to help you maintain your dog’s training and troubleshoot issues as they arise.

Operant Conditioning

Our dogs’ ancestors hunt to survive.  They must work for their meal.  The result is a dog that is focused on their task and motivated by a natural desire to survive. In our system, we use feeding time as training time.  The dog learns focus and attention to the handler because they understand that if they do not focus on the task, they will not eat.  Our experience has shown that the dog is positive and excited for training, plus, they live a healthier lifestyle.  We apply operant conditioning to our training as a means to properly communicate which behaviors are desired (rewarded with food and praise) and which are not desired (punished with removal of food and/or a correction).  We continue to layer additional pressures to our training as the dog learns.

Associative Learning

If a dog learns that he will be fed when he sits, he is more likely to sit.  We go one step beyond the traditional view of associative learning and add the dimension of training to be fed for survival.  Now the dog understands that sitting = food = survival!  This is a simplistic view of how the training system works, but we must consider the dog’s perspective.  Dogs crave structure and they thrive when given a task that they enjoy.  In our system, the dog learns to associate desired behaviors with a reward.  The MCC approach teaches a positive association to e-collar stimulation, prong/pinch collar pressure, etc.  We use this to bridge from pressure to command and achieve a positive result.  For example, the dog learns (through associative learning) that pinch collar pressure being applied in a gentle, upward motion with food used as a motivator to lure into the position at the same time, equates to a “sit.”  Once in the sit position, the dog is fed.  We have now blended associative learning and operant conditioning to achieve a desired response!

CPR

Consistency, Patience and Repetition.  These three words are HUGE in dog training!  We teach the proper methods and how to apply them the right way every time (consistency).  We also know that training takes time, and focus on taking our time to get it right (patience).  Finally, we understand that living beings learn by doing, and doing it repeatedly.  If done with consistency and patience, training that is done over and over is more effective (repetition).  Finally, (and this is a large part of our system) we have attitude.  A positive attitude on both ends of the leash leads to a positive result!


The Active Dog

The MCC approach helps you develop an active dog that is constantly working to elicit a reward or response.  We call this the Active Dog.  We shape these behaviors so that the dog produces a desired response in order to achieve the reward.  For example, if the dog sits while focusing on the handler, we reward with food.  The dog learns that this is a behavior that will produce a reward, and therefore, he is more likely to repeat this behavior.  Negative behaviors are ignored or a punishment is delivered.  That punishment is basically the removal of a good feeling.  For example, if the dog is told to sit and he does not sit, he is not fed.  If the dog barks, whines or paws for attention, the behavior is ignored until he delivers a desired response, such as sit, down or simply quiet and calm.  The dog is then rewarded and the behavior is reinforced.  Our system is about teaching the handler how to communicate to their dog in a positive way. You will learn how to maintain your training utilizing this simple, no-nonsense approach that really works!

Video of dog working in the active dog system

Video of labrador retriever in learning stages of active dog system


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