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The Gentle Way

WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE CONFRONTATIONAL METHODS USED BY SOME TRAINERS, AND AREN’T THERE BETTER WAYS?

Yanking a dog up by the scruff of the neck, overturning it and pinning it down on its back and staring into its eyes (all naturally read by the dog as signs of aggression) is one example of the bad training technique favoured by practitioners of the popularized but increasingly discredited Alpha Dominant school of thought which is based largely on false premises.

This style of training was thought to mimic methods of establishing dominant leadership among wild wolves, but research has shown that this is not in fact the way of wolves.  Secondly, the domestic dog has evolved enormously from its wolf origins over a period of more than forty thousand years in the company of humans and our ancestors.  We recognize humans as distinct from chimpanzees, and so should we distinguish between wolves and dogs.  There are similarities but so are there differences.  Emphatically, then, a dog is not a wolf.

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