Whoa. Wait a minute. What’s with all the negativity out there in the dog-training world? Since when did we humans decide that in order to make dogs behave well, we need to scare them?
All too often I’m called in to repair the damage done by outdated training techniques that advocate shocking or bullying a dog in order to train them. I see dogs and puppies who are growling, fighting or paralyzed with fear and anxiety.
When I ask a few probing questions, I discover that well-intentioned pet owners have often been influenced by professional dog trainers who market negative reinforcement and all the paraphernalia that goes along with it. These dog trainers may have only recently bought into an internationally marketed franchise and may have little to no experience with dogs and the growing science of animal behavior.