My membership of the APDT requires me to follow their code of conduct. This means that all my training methods are kind, effective and based on positive reinforcement. To obtain positive reinforcement I use the clicker method of training.
Clicker training is a method based on behavioral psychology that relies on marking desirable behaviour and rewarding it. Desirable behaviour is usually marked by using a “clicker,” a mechanical device that makes a short, distinct “click” sound which tells the animal exactly when they’re doing the right thing. This clear form of communication, combined with positive reinforcement e.g. a treat, is an effective, safe, and humane way to teach any animal any behaviour that it is physically and mentally capable of doing.
In particular I use the clean clicker method of training where the behaviour comes first and the reward comes next.