What Is the Saro Dog Training Technique?

Seasoned property developer Gary R. Gibbs has a strong interest in outdoor and nature-based activities, including golf and hunting. Gary R. Gibbs also cites dog training as one of his hobbies.

Due to the diversity of opinions about dog behavior and learning, there are a diverse array of dog training approaches. The Saro method is a relatively modern technique created by Canadian dog training professional Saro Boghozian. Also known as “play and praise” or “naked” training, the Saro method doesn’t use rewards such as toys or treats. Negative reinforcement tools such as choke or shock collars are also prohibited.

Instead, the method emphasizes bonding behaviors such as playing and praise as the best way to reinforce desired behaviors. Boghozian bases his approach on the findings that dogs find praise a more rewarding experience than treats. He also believes that negative behaviors such as incessant barking are actually caused by stress. Owners using the Saro technique can reduce the stress their dogs experience by providing clear direction and having consistent and playful interactions with their pets.

Service Dog Training Programs for Veterans

Gary R. Gibbs has been in the real estate and construction industry for more than 45 years. Outside of his professional success, Gary R. Gibbs engages in philanthropic endeavors including involvement with his local church board and the inclusive sports organization, the Miracle League. He has also contributed to the organization 22Kill, which aims to expand programs that promote the mental health and well-being of veterans and first responders.

Animal-assisted therapy is an effective approach for treating post-traumatic stress disorder. For this reason, many veteran’s health organizations have established dog training programs. Some programs match veterans with screened canines, while others may accept pets that can pass temperament requirements.

In either case, participants work closely with professional trainers to teach their dog the skills and commands needed to perform as a service dog. Taking responsibility for the dog and building up a trusting relationship can reduce the severity of PTSD symptoms. Service dogs are also trained to perform tasks that can help veterans feel more at ease such as alerting them when a person is approaching.

Tips for Training Rescue Dogs

Seasoned real estate developer Gary R. Gibbs possesses more than four decades of experience building and managing a diverse property portfolio. Beyond his expertise in property development, Gary R. Gibbs has an interest in dog training approaches.

After adoption, many rescue dogs must be taught basic skills for living in a home environment. Dog owners must be consistent and patient to see progress, especially in older dogs. It is best to begin training in a familiar space with minimal distractions, such as the living room or private backyard.

Owners should encourage the dog to comply with training by offering desirable treats or a favorite toy. Training can be mentally exhausting for dogs, so sessions should be short and only occur when the dog has energy. Once the dog is comfortable in its new home and has mastered important commands such as come or lie down, owners can start to take their pet to group training sessions or a dog park.

Three Common Dog-Training Approaches

Gary R. Gibbs studies dog training techniques. His dog, gunner is fourth Labrador retrievers that he has owned. He and his family have always treated these dogs as family.

In the past few years, a better understanding of dog behavior has led to the emergence of diverse approaches to dog training. The most popular styles include:

– Dominance training. This method is based on the theory that dogs must view the trainer as the pack leader. Trainers may require the dog to respond to a command before it receives a treat, is fed, or is taken for a walk.

– Positive reinforcement. Trainers who use this approach immediately reward the dog for wanted behaviors. Since negative behaviors do not result in a treat, the dog eventually ceases these actions.

– Relationship-based training. Some dog owners prefer to adapt a specific training approach to their dog’s temperament. In addition to teaching the dog commands, owners set up their pet for success by tailoring the environment to reduce problem behaviors.

The Origins of Dog Training

Niceville, Florida resident Gary R. Gibbs founded Cambridge Associated Real Estate, LLC in 1974 and has since overseen the development of thousands of housing units. Gary R. Gibbs enjoys several personal interests, including golfing, hunting, and dog training.

Before World War I, most dogs were considered members of the family and had jobs including herding livestock, providing protection, and removing vermin from the homes they lived in. However, they were not being formally trained during this period. During WWI, many dogs began to be formally trained for assisting servicemen. At this time, the belief that only alpha dogs could stand up to the rigors of intense compulsion training was formed.

Once WWI was over, military trainers who were discharged played a role in promoting the idea that punishment was an acceptable way to train dogs. It was then that the idea of obedience training for the family dog by using punishment quickly gained popularity.

The American Kennel Club (AKC) introduced the competition obedience training to America in the 1930s yet continued to use compulsion training methods. In the 1980s, as a result of research on wolves, dog training was increasingly focused on using dominance. By the 1990s, operant conditioning and the use of positive reinforcement began to gain credibility with owners and trainers causing a shift away from the previous training methods that focused on negative reinforcement and domination.

Dog Training Is Not Optional

As a real estate developer in Niceville, Florida, Gary R. Gibbs has experience in developing multi-unit family dwellings and senior housing. Outside of his more than 45-year career, one of Gary R. Gibbs’ hobbies is training dogs. Seen by some as an option, training a family dog can have major benefits for both the dog and the owner.

Dogs usually are trained as puppies and in one of two ways, focusing on behavior modification. Through a rewards system, dogs are rewarded for good behaviors while bad behaviors are ignored, so that the dog eventually realizes when they exhibit good behaviors they are given treats and other rewards. Aversion therapy is also another type of positive reinforcement, which punishes the puppy for unwanted behaviors. Aversion therapy is frowned upon by many training schools because it can exacerbate the problem behaviors.

Whether a pup or an adult, dogs should have some training, for a few reasons. For one, a training class can socialize the dog so that it is used to interacting with other pets and people. Without this interaction dogs become stressed and anxious in the company of other dogs and people, and a dog training class is also the chance for the pet to engage in badly needed exercise. Finally, a trained dog knows the rules when its owner is away from the home. No one likes to come home to chewed up furniture, seat cushions, and shoes, and other messes because the dog simply was not trained properly.