1. Did the trainer give a reason as to why you cannot reinforce fear?
Originally Posted by margoo
2. If you cannot reinforce bad feelings does that mean you can't reinforce good ones?
3. Have you ever seen a dog 'comfort' another one? (Even a mum with pups will let them do there own thing, they yelp or cry, the mum checks to make sure they are in one piece and thats it)
4. Just a point from my view, a reinforcement makes the action the dog is performing more likely to happen again. Patting the dog when it is worried about something makes it more likely for the dog to be worried again because that is what it perceives as the right thing to do. (I have seen way to many dogs who are fear aggressive, or just fearful, for this exact reason.)
I'm not having a go at you, just curious about different trainers and their different opinions .
"In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semihuman. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog." - Edward Hoagland