Humane Dog Training Position Statement

Humane Dog Training Position Statement This statement reviews the current literature on the effects of training style on animal welfare, training effectiveness, and the dog-human relationship.  The statement includes an FAQ with questions from addressing behavior concerns to finding help and resources for more information. Based on current scientific evidence, AVSAB recommends that only reward-based training …

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IAABC’s Position on Dominance

Written by The IAABC Editing Team (effective July 13, 2021) Dominance is a concept we frequently encounter in discussions of companion animal behavior. Many pet owners believe that the most important thing they can do to ensure their animal behaves appropriately is to establish themselves as “dominant,” “the alpha mare,” or “the flock leader.” When …

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Solving the problem of genetic disorders in dogs

By Carol Beuchat PhD "Intense selection, high levels of inbreeding, the extensive use of a limited number of sires, and genetic isolation are all hallmarks of modern breeds of domestic dog. It is widely agreed that part of the collateral damage from these practices is that purebred dogs have a greater risk of suffering from genetically simple inherited disorders than their …

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Why “Red Zone Dogs” Need Positive Reinforcement Training

  Why “Red Zone Dogs” Need Positive Reinforcement Training   Posted on October 21, 2019 by Eileen Anderson Aggressive, dangerous dogs (a.k.a. “Red Zone Dogs”) should be trained with positive reinforcement, desensitization, and counterconditioning. Here’s why. Training with pain, startle, and intimidation carries huge risks. Decades of science tell us that aggression begets aggression. It’s that simple. Two of the …

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Pulling on Lead. What this might say about dog human relationships

Who is walking whom? Suzanne Clothier wrote, the question is the “stuff of cartoons”. I read Suzanne’s book around 2002, the time of publishing. It contains many flags and subtle highlighting. I pulled it off the book shelf this morning. I opened to page 62, it was flagged. It begins with phrase “pulling on lead”. …

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