Posted by Jason
on Aug 3, 2010 in Learning
| 12 comments
After reading the article Dog Training and the Myth of Alpha-Male Dominance from Time magazine, I thought it was a good time to express my views on this subject in the way of a numbered list.
1. How does Cesar Millan still have a show on National Geographic?
National Geographic seems to promote animal rights and humane treatment of animals, but do they really stand behind their own programming? Please do not take me for a crazed PETA activist, an organization I don’t want to be associated with. But there must be management or at least consultants that direct the executives at National Geographic on the trending of correct dog training. John Fahey (President & CEO of National Geographic), if your listening, and of course your not: Please review your programming!
2. Pat Miller, Patricia McConnell, Victoria Stilwell
These are some of the authorities on dog training that you SHOULD be listening to. Thank the lord that Victoria finally got a show on Animal Planet to teach the general public that positive dog training is the answer, and not alpha rolls and scruff shakes. Most modern trainers that believed in “Alpha Training” have at least enough dignity to say what they were doing was the wrong way, and that there are much better ways to go about training. The Monks of New Skete have published revised versions of their books explaining to their readers that there previous training methods were harsh and unnecessary. Even Ed Frawley from Leerburg Video & Kennel has stated that some of his previous beliefs, articles, and training videos are outdated. Almost all of his videos are now based on positive training.
3. The basis of Positive Dog Training
I have been doing a huge amount of research on positive dog training, it really has enveloped my whole life, and I love it! Some main points of positive training I have learned so far are:
- It is easier to train a dog what TO do, rather then what NOT to do.
- A good example of why positive punishment does not work: Say you come home from work and your dog just chewed up your favorite pair of shoes. You see your chewed up shoes as soon as you walk through the door, you are furious and start yelling. Your dog probably ate your shoes hours ago, and if you don’t catch the dog within 2 seconds of the misbehavior, the dog will just think your yelling at him because he greeted you at the door with a wagging tail. As you can see this could cause your dog to be quite confused.
- Positive reinforcement is the correct way of training. It’s easier, fun, and creates a strong bond with your canine companion.
Unfortunately our society has been absorbed in training beliefs that we must dominate our dogs. I hope the above authors/trainers and even myself can help to educate the public on the correct way.
I plan on posting a lot more about positive dog training, so please stay tuned!