Praise versus Punishment – New Paths in the training of Police Service Dogs

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Praise versus punishment compares the new and the old curriculum for police dog (“PDH”) training in Austria. It will be investigated, whether PDHs trained by positive reinforcement manage the same performance compared to dogs corrected by the infliction of pain. Constraints to deploy PDHs are evaluated and investigated, to check if the new training structure reduces stress of the dogs. Reduced stress increases the period of use of PDHs and makes training much more efficient.

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