Rewards-based training relies on rewarding dogs when they perform the behavior you are trying to achieve, and ignoring (but not punishing) unwanted behaviors. It’s different from other forms of training such as ‘aversion’ training, where dogs are punished for unwanted behaviors, and which can lead to stress for your dog.
Rewards-based training allows you to train your dog using positive reinforcement and working in line with their natural behaviors and is the most humane and effective form of dog training.
The ‘rewards’ used in rewards-based training can be a tasty treat, a play with their favorite chew toy, or just a ‘good boy/girl!’ in a positive tone of voice and a pat.
So, what does rewards-based training actually look like? An example would be if your dog was in the habit of jumping up to greet people. It’s likely that if you tried aversive methods of training, such as putting your knee up when your dog jumped, this wouldn’t address the behavior and could possibly result in your dog jumping from further away to avoid the knee.