What is Nepopo dog training

Yes, yes, what do I know about dog sports. Everything is very gentle, very nice to the dog.
And I'm not even someone for whom everything has to be made of cotton candy. But when I read such descriptions (from the website of the somehow totally famous instructor Bart Bellon) ... Well, guess what this is about:

"For people who appreciate fine design, as well as for people who want to stay out of political snares, and all people who just want to train their dog and want their remote trainer to be inconspicuous and desire to answer no more questions about their tools . "

"For people who like beautiful design, and for people who want to avoid political pitfalls, and for everyone who just wants to train their dog and want to have their remote trainer inconspicuous, and who don't want to answer any more questions about their tools."

Yes, an invisible electronic collar. No more ugly box, but an elegant, narrow, cuddly collar. For better communication with the dog. Great that.

I don't like to link it here, but Google will help if you want to find out more.

I came up with it because I wanted to find out what is behind the so funny named method "NePoPo"
(Oh Oh Sorry NePoPo Ā© of course). Stands for negative-positive-positive, the patented method of the above-mentioned instructor and electrical collar seller Bart Bellon.
Awesome new invention ... Nope, just good old Mister Skinner: First, pressure is built up. After the desired behavior is shown, this pressure ceases - that is, classic negative reinforcement. On top of that, a reward is set. So pressure build-up - negative reinforcement through the release - positive reinforcement through the reward. This is called operant conditioning. Or just NePoPo. If you like funny words.

Mega strange and in contradiction to everything I have learned so far in training dogs and horses: The negative reinforcement, i.e. the removal of pressure, takes place Notas soon as the dog gives in to the pressure (e.g. gives in to the pull of the leash and no longer struggles against it).

That would be always My goal: To achieve that the animal training partner learns to give in faster and softer to less and less pressure from me. This is how prompt reactions develop to ever finer signals. Absolute basis for everything in horse training (in a very classic way, nothing new-fangled train or something). And I would also want the dog to learn, for example, to give in to a pull on the leash and not to pull harder.

To my astonishment, "NePoPo" works the other way around. Here the pressure only eases when the dog Back pressuregenerated. I'm stealing a dog handler's description of how to work using the "foot" method:

"I pull slightly outwards, slightly away from me. The dog will then press against my leg through the principle of" pull results in counter-pull ". If he does this, I immediately let go, so the dog learns that he can" turn off the pull " "can, by pressing against it. You can then teach your dog positions and much more. The dog learns the" pull-counter-pull "principle even as a puppy (or he doesn't even have to learn it a lot, it happens automatically) . Of course the whole thing is only very gentle, there is never any rough plucking on the leash, because otherwise the dog won't dare to work against it. "

As a training for a desired posture, this is certainly very effective (a training that uses the principles of negative and positive reinforcement in a targeted and precise manner is actually always effective).

The phrase "pressure-counterpressure happens automatically" is also absolutely true. That's the normal reaction at first. That's exactly why, as I said, I would do everything I can to teach the dog, myself to give inand to follow instead of opposing it. For me this is the basic principle of every training, every collaboration.

No matter how hard you try to work without pressure and only positively - when people want something from the dog, they always exert pressure. Even if it's just mental. Or in his body language, often unconsciously.
It is better to know it, know how to use it and how to dose it, and teach the dog how to handle it. And not by building up counter pressure on his part, but by giving in to the pressure. Things as simple as: the dog is on the leash, I turn right, the dog follows. And not: I turn right, the dog runs left, we play tug of war.

Unfortunately, most of the time it is only discussed whether a method is "negative" or "positive" (often in ignorance of what positive and negative means in learning theory).
Sometimes nobody looks anymore at WHAT is actually being taught.

I have nothing against dog sports. But if an exercise becomes an end in itself, if I only train the image of the dog that sticks to the leg, then I don't see the point.
If the exercise does not generally improve the communication and connection between dog and handler, the fine coordination, the flexibility, the elastic connection between dog and human, what is the point? What is a "pressure / counter pressure" based exercise supposed to achieve?

Of course, the successes prove the man right. Probably it learns even better with the invisible, elegant electric collar. Unfortunately this is forbidden in Germany ... But:

"The ChameleonĀ® II can be customized: to change any and all the parameters of your collar (vibrations, sound, stimulation, LED and the test for skin contact) and to respect the laws in countries where you can not use the electronic collars. "

Then it's O.K.