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 In the following article by Rachel Garner, popular theories of false science are exposed as outdated and inaccurate, and the lasting damage these methods can have on both the dogs who receive this style of training as well as the culture of dog training as a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.
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