What is the difference between traditional/punishment based training and reward/positive training?
The difference lies rooted in the fact that reward/positive training methods are derived from known scientific knowledge about how learning takes place. In reward training desired behavior is reinforced and in punishment training unwanted behaviors are punished. It is a known fact that all species learn more and are happier learners with reward based training.
Does this mean NO punishment is ever used?
The reward trainer will follow a hierarchy of principles working from positive reinforcement down to positive punishment. So my goal is to find appropriate alternate behaviors to reinforce and prevent the unwanted behaviors from being exhibited. Punishment, if any, is minimized.