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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An Open Letter to Pet Industry Representatives Regarding the Use of Shock in Animal Training
Shocking pet dogs remains a common, if controversial, training practice worldwide. In this open letter, Pet Professional Guild (PPG) combines decades of research, the opinions of certified animal behaviorists, and the question of ethics to explain why using electric shock in the name of training and care is both ineffective and harmful. PPG concludes that shocking constitutes a form of abuse towards pets, and, given that there are highly effective, positive training alternatives, should no longer be a part of the current pet industry culture of accepted practices, tools or philosophies.
Learning, what does this mean? How is learning applied in dog training and behavior modification?
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Limiting Learning Potential When Training Dogs
Here's an interesting point taken from a presentation found (Yale University School of Medicine) on learning. "If instruction is heavily based on one style of learning over others, "mismatched" students may often feel uncomfortable while "matched" students may not develop critical skills aligned with other ways of learning." This reminded me again of my experience …
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Anecdotal vs. scientific knowledge applied when dog training
Additionally, I was reminded by Dr. Pilly’s training that discouraging using “no reward markers” was something I would never do. See my reasoning and interpretation of this here: Words! Good and Bad? Using No Reward Marker, It’s Your Choice!
Six Minutes of Dog Training Wizardry!!
This could not have been planned! But it turned out AWESOME! If only dog training was as easy as being a wizard and waving a magic wand! Nope, that's not really very realistic, we and our dogs have to live in reality and reality is, it takes a lot longer than a few weeks or months to raise happy well-adjusted and trained dogs. Come down off your cloud and get real, get the right help so that you too can have a dog like this. And without using punishments that leave marks visually and mentally on your dog/s.