• The most effective way for out dogs to learn based on scientific studies of animal behavior and learning theory.
  • It motivates the dog to learn new behaviors using food, toys praise, life rewards and anything else your dog loves.
  • ​​It focuses on the entire relationship with the dog based on trust.
  • ​​​​​​It means not using using force, fear, intimidation, leash jerks, physical molding, nor pain! True learning cannot take place when fear is present.

   Ada Lana Simms CPDT-KA, OSCT

What is True Positive Reinforcement Training?

Reward That Puppy  is dedicated to educating dog and puppy owners in the Rochester, NY area, by providing dog training classes, private consultations on training and behavior with the latest science based methods.

​My previous career had nothing to do with dogs! I retired after 20 years in the Rochester NY Police Department.  I was on patrol for 15 years and then worked as a Certified NYS Police Instructor in Fire Arms, Ethics, Conflict Management, Critical Incident Debriefing, and Domestic Violence Policy. Teaching adult learners so different than teaching the 3 year old in Sunday School. I loved that position and was chosen to lead the Citizen's Police Academy.

Back in 2002, I  had a new puppy. For the first two years of his life, not knowing about reward based training  methods, I had used choke / prong collars and alpha rolls. That is what I was taught. Due to these techniques, by the age of 2 years my dog became dog reactive/aggressive. 

​I researched how to change this behavior and found some wonderful trainers locally who trained totally different. There was no force, fear or pain to get behavior. This lead my on a quest to teach other this method so hopefully I could spare them the trauma that I and my dog went through.

​Since 2004 that was my goal was to be versed in the science of  animal behavior and training with the most humane methods. Certifications came and with them the requirement to keep up with dog science (if you will) by taking courses, webinars and seminars to earn required continuing education credits.

When Should You Socialize Your Puppy?  (click on title for full article)

Dr. Ian Dunbar, veterinarian and Animal Behavior PhD, a pioneer in puppy training, tells us that safe socialization during the first few weeks at home is of “extreme urgency.” Indeed, Dunbar has launched the Puppy Raising Initiative explaining socialization imperatives for puppies in the short “critical period” of social development—between four and twelve weeks of age. This applies to socialization with people too. “Puppies must be safely socialized to people; otherwise, during adolescence they will likely become wary and fearful and may be aggressive towards people.” A propensity toward aggression with stranger-dogs is equally likely without careful, proper socialization during the critical period.


I am dedicated and committed to continue my education so that I bring the newest research in the field of dog training and behavior.

​If you want to go beyond basic manners class I also have competition experience and titles in Obedience, Rally, and Agility.


Reward That Puppy Inc Dog Training Classes in Rochester NY



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Tough Love - A Meditation on Dominance and Dogs 

If you don't read anything on this site...take 30 minutes to watch this video to understand the science behind Force Free Training by the world's top behaviorists, veterinarians and dog trainers.

Training and Behavioral Problems

Two published studies show that positive methods are less likely to be associated with  behavioral problems in dogs.

1) The Relationship between Training Methods and the Occurrence of Behavior Problems, as Reported by Owners, in a Population of Domestic Dogs. 2008. Authors: Emily Blackwell, Caroline Twells, Anne Seawright, & Rachel Casey. Journal of Veterinary Behavior, 3: 207-281.
​Major finds: Dogs who attended puppy socialization classes were less likely to show aggression to dogs outside of the home.The training methods used by owners were related to the number of problem behaviors in dogs. Dogs trained using only positive, reward-based methods were less likely to show fear, aggression, and attention-seeking behaviors​

2) Survey of the Use and Outcome of Confrontational and Non-Confrontational Training Methods in Client-Owned Dogs Showing Undesired Behaviors. 2009. Authors: Meghan E. Herron, Frances S. Shofer, & Ilana R. Reisner. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 117: 47-54.
​This study looks at confrontational training and behavioral modification methods used by people to curb undesirable behaviors (e.g., separation anxiety, aggression, fear and anxiety, barking, etc.) in their dogs. Unfortunately, some of these methods are popularized on television shows and recommended by "dog trainers" will little to no education in the science of how animals learn.
​Major finds: Some of the methods used by owners that caused their dogs to respond aggressively included:the "alpha roll" where the dog is rolled on his back and held downforcing a dog to release an item in his/her mouth. With this technique the owner or trainer applies pressure to the dog's gums with her fingers to release an object in the dog's mouth.a dominance down where the dog is held down on his/her side grabbing the jowls or the scruff the stare down where the dog is stared at until he/she looks away ( Dr.Camille Ward)

1966 - 2014

~Dr. Sophia Yin, one of the world's most respected and important veterinary behaviorists,  Dr. Yin was a pioneer in the field of force-free, positive-reinforcement dog training. It would be hard to understate her contribution to the world of humane pet care.

Rest in peace Dr. Yin.  Your legacy lives on....


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