My relationship with my dogs is based on what’s often called “positive reinforcement.” This is a form of operant conditioning with the goal of increasing the likelihood a behavior will be repeated by reinforcing it with a positive stimulus.
Dog gets cookie when he sits on cue –> Dog likely to sit again when he hears the cue.
In the field of psychology, positive reinforcement is one of four quadrants, and as far as I can tell, the only one that laymen actually understand. Even I have to consult the chart to keep track of the others.
An even better way to describe my dog-training philosophy is “reward-based.” Some people hear that and think that means I give my dogs treats all the time to get them to do what I want. Which is kind of true, but there are other rewards you can use, like praise, playtime, or petting.
The best way to get a dog (or anyone) to do what you want is to reward them when they do it. Make it really easy for them by setting them up for success.
For more on reward-based training and how to set up a dog for success, check out this post from The Good Dog Blog.