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The “Shocking” Reason I Quit Dog Training

 

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  1. Yes yes yes – you’re the first person I’ve ever found who feels the same way I do about dog training / raising!!! People normally look at me like I’m a freak when I say I don’t believe in training dogs! I have PDA myself so when we first adopted our dog it just didn’t feel right to me to dictate to her, and I also really didn’t want her to be an obedient zombie. I raise her much like I try to raise my daughter – using connection, communication and understanding rather than rules, sanctions and ‘training’. And she’s turned out loving, gentle, and actually for the most part pretty “well behaved” (and for those issues where she isn’t, I alter my behaviour to compensate – for example I don’t leave food lying around where she can get it because she will if she can).

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  2. I completely understand where you’re coming from. I’ve always looked at having a dog as a partnership there’s something in it for both of you. I rescued my whippet X IG at 9 months and she was apparently an untrained “wild animal” when we got her. In 2 weeks she was house-trained, sitting and recalling and she’s outwardly a very “obedient” dog, but it’s just about being able to communicate with each other rather than having a battle of wills to make her comply. We can read her moods, she can spot me getting towards meltdown earlier than I can. Anyone who says dogs don’t think is just an arrogant ape

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  3. I’m studying dog behaviour and psychology, with training components as well. Modern dog training methods (positive reinforcement – none of that “alpha” nonsense) improve communication between both owner and dog. Especially working/training with dogs for service work (autism support, blind, etc), it’s imperative obviously that the dog is reliable. Using the proper training (all positive) actually improves the bond between us and our dogs, and keeps them safe… teaching them how to live happily and successfully in this scary and dangerous world. Dogs love working, having a job, and training should be fun for our dogs, not something that makes their lives miserable. They should still be allowed to just be dogs. I agree with you on dog body language. People are too lazy or just want these perfect dogs that never do anything wrong, and don’t take the time to really LISTEN to what their doggo’s are showing through their body language. For example, I can’t stand trainers who will push and push a dog to obey (and punish when they don’t) when if they stop and really notice will see that the dog just isn’t in the right frame of mind for training. They need a break. They need some time to just be a dog. One example is training a dog to heel. That’s all well and good, but I believe that letting your dog sniff around, explore a new place when out for a walk, etc is more important than keeping them at a perfect heel all the time. Just my two cents. 🙂

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