Positive versus Dominance Training
You have a new puppy! Now what? Time to find a trainer, but who? There are so many dog trainers, how does one choose where to go? The number one criteria is the method in which the trainer uses. I have been faced with people calling themselves dog trainers and they are using outdated methods of training. Those trainers that think you have to be the boss over your dog are heading down a path that could make your new puppy fearful and possibly aggressive down the road. The trainer that is using treats, toys, and/or praise to help your pup learn, is the trainer you want to work with. They will help you build a bond between you and your new member of the family that is based on respect.
There is a lot of science behind positive training. Patricia McConnell, PhD, a behaviorist that frequently does webinars with the ASPCA says "Yet, the idea that we must “dominate” our dogs lives on, zombie-like, in spite of years of research and experience that demonstrates “being dominant” over our dogs does not improve obedience. In fact, we know that using positive reinforcement results in the best behavior, the fewest behavioral problems and the richest relationships." This also is true for any trainer that uses prong or shock collars, or choke chains. The positive trainer may use things like a halter or a no pull harness for those dogs that really like to pull.
For anyone who has a dog that has behavior issues that have come from the trainer that uses outdated, dominance methods, call me. I use flower essences that could help with some issues. Check back for the next blog posting regarding those vaccinations you are giving your puppy!