While the use of punishment in dog training remains a disputed and often controversial topic among trainers and pet owners, it can be helpful to explore the science behind how an animal learns and responds to training to really grasp the impact (for better or worse) of aversive training methods.
In this article by Stanley Coren, he explores eye-opening research evidence which demonstrates that the use of discipline-based training, including physical manipulation and punishment techniques, results in an increase in stress levels and distraction in dogs, which in turn impacts their ability to perform and learn.
Full link to article: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/canine-corner/201404/the-effect-training-methods-the-efficiency-learning
The Animal Behavior Clinic will be closed between July 18th and July 27th. During this time, we will not be seeing appointments or responding to regular messages. We will return all email and phone calls upon our return to office the week of July 28th, Monday morning at 9:00am.
If you have an urgent or emergency concern with your pet, please contact your primary veterinarian or an emergency clinic during this time. If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at the main clinic address or call the main office line (P: 503-236-7833). Dr. Pachel will do his best to take care of any emergency related requests, but he will be lecturing and attending continuing education events throughout the entire period and will have limited availability. If you are a current client and are experiencing an emergency related to your pet’s behavior care, you may contact Dr. Pachel directly by email or cellphone P: 971-645-7525.
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Dog training and behavioral science have made significant progress and discoveries within the past fifty years, but misunderstandings and dog training myths have also done much to set that progression back. Often, the wrong information can get into enough hands that it fails to be questioned as incorrect. Through the teachings of some television personalities, many dog owners have come to adopt the belief in dominance-based pack hierarchies within dogs, and the need for applied punishment to correct behavior issues within dogs. In the following article by Rachel Garner, popular theories of false science are exposed as outdated and inaccurate, and the lasting damage these methods can have on both the dogs who receive this style of training as well as the culture of dog training as a whole are explored.
Full URL: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0Bym8guodEBMpNzhROEwwaGRqYUk/edit?pli=1
The Animal Behavior Clinic advocates for the use of positive reinforcement and the guidance of current behavioral psychology to understand, treat, and address behavior concerns in domestic dogs. For more information on how our methods could apply to your pet’s behavior or training needs, please contact our office directly. ~ Maren