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|01-24-2014, 08:53 PM||#1|
Action Jackson ♥
Join Date: Dec 2008
Why "Alpha Theory" and "Dominance Training" are NOT the way to go
Thought I'd provide some helpful links for those new to training or dogs in general.
WHY the 'dominance' theory and 'alpha dog' training is NOT the way to train a dog and common misconceptions.
I thought it would be nice to have a thread people can link back to, when people are asking for help. Feel free to add more links and information.
De-Bunking the "Alpha Dog" Theory - De-Bunking the "Alpha Dog" Theory - Whole Dog Journal Article
Dominance Theory - http://avsabonline.org/uploads/posit..._statement.pdf
Misconceptions of the Mythical Alpha Dog - Misconceptions of the Mythical Alpha Dog | Dog Star Daily
The Wolf Study - Wolf News and Info - L. David Mech
Cesar Milan FAQ - Cesar Millan - The Dog Whisperer: Critics Answers
Dominance Techniques Doing More Harm Than Good - New Study Finds Popular “Alpha Dog” Training Techniques Can Cause More Harm than Good | Animal Behavior and Medicine Blog | Dr. Sophia Yin, DVM, MS
One Person's Cesar Experience - One Person's Experience with the Dog Whisperer
Food Aggression and a Famous "Trainer" - Canine Aggression Issues with Jim Crosby: Food Aggression and a Famous Trainer
An Opinion on Cesar - What Do I think about the Dog Whisperer? Talented Animals Blog
~ Brit & Jackson CGC ETD TKP ~
|01-25-2014, 06:45 PM||#2|
♥ Maximo and Teddy
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Northern Virginia
Thank you for the links.
My personal experience with Max and Teddy proves to me that dominance training is unnecessary and counterproductive. Whenever I put more effort into working with them, focusing on positive reinforcement methods, I get great results.
Kristin, Max and Teddy
|01-26-2014, 12:22 AM||#3|
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Thanks for posting! This should be a 'Sticky' and added to the YT Library!
Kat PeekABooTinkerbellSapphire & Infinity
|01-26-2014, 08:09 AM||#4|
Donating YT 500 Club Member
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Aberdeen, MD
Great info! I really value your opinions, Brit, and I appreciate the research you do.
Shannon & Puff
"All his life he tried to be a good person. Many times, however, he failed; for after all he was only human. He wasn't a dog." Charles M. Schultz
|01-31-2014, 01:49 PM||#5|
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: federal way, wa,usa
I watched a ton of ceasar millan you tube vids...but in the end I reached my own way that works for Joey. I did a ton of reading here which has helped soooo soooo much...repetition and of course, treats and praise.... My grand daughter and I made some treats using an internet recipe and Joey LOVES them. What I found for myself is that it was more about training myself to be consistent...easier said than done some days.
|01-31-2014, 02:08 PM||#6|
♥ Love My Tibbe! ♥
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: D/FW, Texas
Great thread! Looks like lots of good articles.
Dominating a dog will only create a fearful animal who doesn't trust the trainer or sometimes humans in general and some become aggressive. What's so awful, it's not necessary to correct behavior or train a dog and will often create a nervous, anxious dog if alpha dominance is routinely reinforced.
Jeanie and Tibbe
One must do the best one can. You may get some marks for a very imperfect answer: you will certainly get none for leaving the question alone. C. S. Lewis
|01-31-2014, 02:32 PM||#7|
Banning Thread Dictator
Join Date: Jun 2005
Blog Entries: 56
Love it. Thanks for all the links in one place. I was encouraged to use more dominant techniques in the first obedience classes I signed up for. It didn't feel right to me, so we quit. I found a school that used positive techniques, and the change was dramatic. My dog learned even faster and, more importantly, he learned to enjoy the classes.
Mike ~ Doting Dad to Eddie, Jillie, Lucy (RIP), Rusty (RIP) and Jack (RIP). Check us out on YouTube