Today, we are faced with an upsurge of “positive” dog trainers.These terms: “benevolent and positive education, respect for the dog, etc.” have become fashionable and many people use them to advertise themselves and thus have more customers.But how do we know if the professional in front of us is reliable or not?
THE FALSE EDUCATORS IN POSITIVE
It is difficult to say today that we work with coercive methods or with traditional methods while combining these techniques with canine welfare.
To be a dog trainer and to work with benevolent methods towards the dog is quite possible but you still have to believe in it?
Some dog trainers even use this fashion effect to attract views on the internet and develop themselves while their work can totally say the opposite.
If a dog trainer claims to be positive but is not, analyze his behavior and the way he interacts with dogs, and if he advocates the use of a choke collar, gives a few discreet strokes of the leash, or even talks to you about dominance or pack leadership, ask yourself some questions about the reliability of the professional in front of you.
Also beware of the spectacular results shown on video with impressive before and after pictures because it is simply not possible to rehabilitate a dog with important behavioral problems in only 1 week, without having some “hidden defects” in the procedure.
Positive education is a job that can totally work, contrary to what you might think. It’s not just a carefree job where the dog can do whatever he wants without any rules in life, it’s just a longer and more progressive job, but the results will be more reliable and stable afterwards.
So be sure to check out the professionals you are considering so that you don’t get caught out.
POSITIVE EDUCATION IN THE DOG WORLD, A FAD?
SHOULD WE ACCEPT EVOLUTION IN DOG TRAINING ?
Lately, we find ourselves in front of more than visible conflicts between 2 educational parties.
And I say “conflicts” because one of the two camps takes a malicious pleasure to put down the ideas of the others in a violent way.
The dog is a living animal. This means that we will never be able to understand it 100%, despite all the current and future scientific evolutions.
All professions evolve, due to recent research and advances.
So why refuse the evolution in the dog world in particular?
It is not because a method works and has always worked that it is necessarily the right solution and that we must continue.
Let’s take the example of the dog lying down. Pulling the leash down and pressing on the dog’s back will surely make him lie down. But is this the best technique?
Dogs are not objects. They have emotions, live, love and can be afraid. They also have a skeleton and muscles, and like any living being, can be subject to aches, pains or health problems like us.
Dogs can also like some foods, some tactile touches, and dislike others. Because they are individuals in their own right and unique!
So yes, some elements can be revised, but we should not refuse the scientific and ethological advances concerning dogs and animals.
To treat by giving the choice if it is possible should be normal
Checking your dog’s pain in training should be normal
Taking into account his difficulties should be normal
Updating your knowledge should be normal and even mandatory.
But that’s what working with living things is all about: questioning.
So rather than attacking new advances without thinking, shouldn’t we rather discuss and progress together for them?
POSITIVE EDUCATION IN THE DOG WORLD, A FASHION EFFECT?
TO BE A CANINE EDUCATOR IS TO BE AS BENEVOLENT TOWARDS HUMANS
When you become a dog trainer, you do it for the love of dogs. Doesn’t that seem logical?
But one of the aspects that we tend to forget is that we are going to help humans who are distressed with their dogs. It is therefore necessary to have or develop the whole aspect of pedagogy, adaptability and benevolence. Each educator will have his own working methods and his own training history behind him.
The educational environment is supposed to be an environment where colleagues support each other and question each other on client cases or on working methods together in order to always find more solutions.
And I find it sad that today there can be an outpouring of hate from hundreds of people if someone is unfortunate enough to give advice that is different from their own.
There are many different opinions about dogs and that’s perfectly okay. What is not is to criticize those who don’t agree with you without questioning yourself.
POSITIVE EDUCATION IN THE DOG WORLD, A FASHION EFFECT ?
Dogs are supposed to bring us together. Not drive us apart. We should not judge our clients for their mistakes. So let’s do the same for our colleagues so that the field can move forward without turning into a crusade and a pyre.
Positive education is not just a trend, there is a real work behind it in order to educate and develop dogs while respecting their physical and emotional state.
The goal is that your duo feels comfortable and respected so rely on your feeling with the professional because you must feel at ease during your sessions.