positve reiforcement training or reward training, there many different levels and theories on what the y exactly are, some say ignore bad behavior and rewaqrd the good, some say it is no physical correction but verbal is okay. i think if you use a reward as your main motivator and not punishment, you have the right idea
Anytime I hear someone say to smack a dog with a newspaper, rub their nose in it(not a good idea with a doxie no matter what because of their back and neck), get a prong collar, or a choke chain it makes me want to scream. I have my own way of housetraining-just say no really loud and pick up the dog and hustle it outside, no hitting or rubbing the dog's face in the mess, and if the dog does go outside, it gets a little chicken meat, tuna, or a meaty chew. When my family sees me do it they say it never works. WEll, I never let my dogs have free run of the house until they are a year old and I know for a fact they are housetrained. I try to train with as little fuss as possible to avoid confusion.
My mother, one day when she had come to see us in our old house kicked my epileptic mini doxie because Roxie licked her. when I chewed her out she said I need to train her not to lick. I have no problem with licking, it's jumping I don't like. And I am not going to take away evry way a dog has to show affection. But she says her dog is trained. A 100 lb german shepherd counter surfing and tearing around the house knocking over my 2 year old. My dad even hates her dog!!!
Sounds like you're doing the right thing. I would never rub my dogs nose in its mess or swat it with a newspaper. Dogs have a very short memory. They don't associate things the way we do. You have to catch them in the act of urinating before you correct them. Some say not to say anything at all, just pick them up and put them outside. Confining them until you're sure they're housetrained is a good way to housetrain..in my opinion the best way. Dogs don't reason the way we do, so rubbing their noses in it doesn't do any good. The way I see it you set them up for success. The more you prevent the accident from happening the better good habits are formed. Clicker training is a very positive way to train. I use it with my dog and she loves it! She has so much fun. Also, building a positive relationship with your dog helps them to have fun obeying you, rather than making them do something out of fear. I hate seeing a dog do something out of fear. I love the look on my dog's face when I tell her sit and she wags her tail and complies waiting patiently for her reward. She's not always good.....but she listens to me most of the time and when she doesn't I know somehow I'm not communicating to her what I want. Either that or I haven't repeated the command in training often enough.
Positive Reinforcement training is when you use treats or toys the dog likes in order to get it to do something, like sit. When they do the command on the first verbal cue you give them a treat or let them play with the toy along with priase like, 'Rover, good boy!". In time they learn to associate the act of doing something with getting a treat or playing with a toy and eventually put two and two together, i.e. If *I* sit I get a treat I really like. As the training progresses and as the dog listens more and more and the quicker he or she does what it's told then you can start weening them off the treats and toys until the point they can start doing what you say and quickly enough with out the treat or toy being used to re-inforce it.
Positive Reinforment is a reward given to ensure the behavior will repeat itself.So let say you ask for a sit, the dog sits, you give it a treat, the dog will most likely do the behavior again because he was rewarded for the behavior.