The Other End of the Leash
Patricia McConnell, Ph.D., a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, has made a lifelong commitment to improving the relationship between people and animals.
October 2, 2017 >> 3 Comments
Patricia Hansen says
October 3, 2017 at 9:45 am
Thanks for standing firm for your beliefs. Many years ago I failed to interfere when a young dog was being ” trained ” very harshly. I have regreted that moment ever since. Training methods have improved so much. Being kind does not mean no consequences; but it still can be done kindly.
October 3, 2017 at 10:52 am
What/who might be assembled there?
October 5, 2017 at 1:42 pm
Thank you for speaking up for the dogs. They need advocates with voices since they aren’t often heard when they try to speak for themselves. I’ve always tried for two things in my dog training. I try to be kind and to be clear. Being kind doesn’t mean that my dogs are free from consequences but it does mean those consequences are delivered in the least hurtful way possible. I often suspect that the reason certain well known trainers who use harsh methods are seen as successful trainers is because they are clear about what they want from the dog and most dogs are able to comply with those clear directions especially because the alternative is to experience a harsh correction. What worries me the most is that the average pet owner doesn’t know how to be consistently clear so when they try to apply the techniques of these trainers all they really end up doing is punishing the dog repeatedly for not being able to read their mind. I’d rather have a great relationship with my dogs where we work together to bring out the best in each other.
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