You may think that the worst side of the dog training industry are the trainers who "give tools a bad name," but those trainers are often sincere in their efforts, they just haven't had access to varied education and skill development. No, the worst part of the industry is the deceivers, the ones cloaked under terms like "Prevention of Cruelty," "Ethical," and "Humane." Mind you, they will unhesitatingly stretch the meanings of those terms. They routinely waste resources, often monetary donations from unknowing local residents, on propaganda and lies.Read More
While seeking out the reasons a single dog or multiple dogs might kill someone, the majority of people seem to focus on whether or not the dogs were abused, whether or not patterns in their lives changed, whether or not they had training or respect for the person they mauled, whether or not they had bitten people before. People easily overlook the actual reason...Read More
I spend hours speaking with trainers, and a common theme is that many trainers only know one approach to each problem they encounter. A client recently asked me what ways to approach resource guarding other than correction. I couldn't help but pause for a moment, somewhat in disbelief.Read More
I recently heard that a trainer said that "balanced training," the use of both positive and negative consequence in training dogs, was B.S. Without going into my thoughts on what kind of individual disagrees that animals need to understand both positive and negative consequences to their actions, let's talk about this concept a bit more.
Saying that balanced training is B.S. is tantamount to saying that medicine is B.S. because it doesn't feel good all the time.Read More