A healthy relationship between people and their pets requires positive connections, communication, patience, consistency and trust. Too often dog guardians see quick fixes on TV or are given advice to use dominance when showing their dog who’s the boss through intimidating and harsh training methods such as ‘alpha’ rolling, pinning their dog and choke chain corrections. The unfortunate side effect of this outdated thinking is that it creates an unhealthy and damaged relationship between the guardian and their dog.
When we direct aggressive and intimidating behaviours toward our pets, we are not showing them we are in charge, we are telling them we are unpredictable and this may lead to fear, anxiety and reactive behaviours. Being exposed to this kind of ‘training’ will increase the likelihood of a dog developing a ‘fight-or-flight’ response – a dog will freeze in fear, flee from the threatening person or fight to protect itself.
Instead of relying on outdated dominance theories, educated trainers and behaviour professionals (like Pet Potential) focus on building a healthy, compassionate and trusting relationship between people and their pets. Pet Potential possesses the ability to explain non-confrontational, effective and humane ways of living and communicating successfully with dogs.
Whether we are teaching our dogs a new cue (sit or down) or modifying a complex behaviour (dog-to-dog aggression) positive reinforcement techniques are more advanced than punishment in shaping and altering behaviour. Positive reinforcement creates lasting behaviours, whereas punishment may result in a number of unexpected and unwanted negative side effects.
It is our responsibility to act in a consistent and compassionate manner when teaching and rewarding our dogs for behaviours that are appropriate, and constructively motivating our pets to change their inappropriate or unsuitable behaviour.
For more information please read our training philosophy