"Punishing your dog" .
You may even hear people say "we only use natural methods". Ask questions and find out what these "natural" methods are. Dog's don't train other dogs, they speak dog, sometimes with an accent that others find hard to understand so they get into trouble, dogs are happy for other dogs to be dogs!
Natural methods vary, but are often based on so called pack rules, The list of pack rules is inconsistent but generally include, not
allowing the dog on furniture, to lie in doorways, to start or end games
or attention seeking behaviour or to pull on the leash; to always eat
before your dog, go through doorways first, to be able to remove your
dog’s food while it is eating and to put your dog into a down (alpha roll - see previous post as above).
Taking the rules one at a
time it is possible to unpick them and how they do not relate to wolf or
dog behaviour and how as humans we are not equipped to mimic canine
behaviour For instance always eating before your
dog is impractical and can also send mixed messages if you are unable to
You may get told that you must eat before your dog as that is what happens in the wild, or you may even get told that is what wolves do. Both of these statements are incorrect. Wild dogs and wolves will let the next generation eat first. What happens if you are going out for a meal? Do you have to eat something before the dog anyway? What about if someone in the household is not in or is ill and unable to eat?
Ever been told to pinch your dog in the neck using a hand that mimics how another dog would bite and make a "tsssk" noise at the same time? I'm yet to hear a dog make that sound or bite another dog in that manner to make it behave or to stop being dominant. Biting in play or aggression I've seen, so what is your dog thinking when you do this?
People can teach dogs to behave to suit us using classical and operant conditioning and
dogs can learn how to use operant conditioning to manipulate people and
their environment to gain reward. Conditioning is based on sound science researched for years, it's used to manage wild animals is zoos and to train Orca in Seaworld.
A futher explaination of Classical and Operant Conditioning will be in a future post.