This blog post is actually written for all dog owners and trainers, everywhere.
I'd like to introduce you to a wonderful training technique. It can help shy dogs become confident, turn aggressive dogs into love-muffins, eliminate fear, decrease unwanted barking, make dogs happier and more playful, increase obedience, and can even help with housebreaking issues. In fact, it does all that and a lot more.
“We Don’t Know If Dogs Feel Guilt, So Stop Saying They Don’t”
In a May 22, 2016 post at PsychologyToday.com Dr. Marc Bekoff writes, “According to Dr. Susan Hazel, a veterinary scientist at the University of Adelaide, ‘There have been a number of studies, and it’s pretty clear that dogs don’t feel or display guilt. It’s not the way their brains work.’”
In certain training circles it’s widely believed that learning theory is the only truly scientific and, therefore, the only correct approach for training dogs.
Is this true?
To be fair, learning theory (also known as behavioral science or behavior analysis) is much more scientific than dominance theory, especially as it’s applied to dog training. There is plenty of scientific evidence showing that dogs and wolves form dominance hierarchies, but no...
Does your dog insistently push toys at you when he wants to play? Does he bark and whine to get your attention, paw at your legs or feet, exhibit begging behaviors or try to push between you and another dog or person who also wants your attention? Then you may have a pushy dog.
Before writing this piece I looked at several online blog articles on pushy dogs to see what the general consensus was a...