Luckily, the current climate in dog training is one of change for the better. While there are still trainers and other professionals encouraging owners to strive for “dominance” over their dogs by using violence, fear and intimidation, there is an ever-growing number of advocates for training methods based on mutually beneficial relationships between dogs and people.
Trainers who use modern, science-based methods encourage owners to use humane, reward based methods to teach their dogs good manners. The result of this style of training is a dog that gets what they need to be happy – food, shelter, physical exercise, mental enrichment and love – and humans who get what they need from the dog – a polite dog who responds happily to their owner’s requests, and follows the rules they have been taught.
The next time you hear somebody say, “you need to be dominant over your dog or they won’t listen to you,” consider sending them a link to this article. The more people advocate for modern and humane training methods, the sooner that cruel and violent dog training methods will become a thing of the past.