Dog Training vs. Humanizing Dogs

Dog Training vs. Humanizing Dogs

If you have gone through one of our dog training/board and train go home sessions, you have heard me explain the consequences of “humanizing” a dog. I explain to clients how humans tend to project what they need or feel on to the dog – ultimatley elevating the dog to the level of a human. Or, in worse cases…sometimes above the level of a human. In these cases, you see so many problems start to manifest themselves such as aggression, separation anxiety and more. Below is an excellent narrative from Tyler Muto of K9 Connection talking about just that. “We as humans have evolved in the way that we incorporate dogs into our lives. We expect that our dogs have evolved as well. To be almost human, to be something other than what nature has created. Your dog can’t understand the way we humans look at the world. They can’t see the world as anything other than how a dog would see it. Humans however have the unique ability to put ourselves in the shoes of another. To attempt to see things from a different perspective than our own. Putting in the work to see the the world through the eyes of your dog is one of the greatest gifts you can give them. Consider this quote from renowned canine ethologist Adam Miklosi: “Extensive experience formed by living with dogs often leads to the misconception that a dog is a ‘fur-covered human’ (babymorphism), and the society often calls on the dog to behave in contradiction to its own biology. This kind of view is expressed by the concept of...
Dog Training And Behavior Modification – The Truth About Correction

Dog Training And Behavior Modification – The Truth About Correction

In the dog world, there is balance. That is what we strive to bring with our dog training and behavior modification…balanced training. In quality balanced dog training, positive AND negative reinforcement are used as well as positive and negative punishment. Now, when I say this, some people may think “Oh my gosh! What will he do to my dog?!” Stay calm! Negative punishment can be something as subtle as, telling my dog to sit for his food at feeding time. When he doesn’t sit, I walk away with his food. I want to share the below blog post from Steph Mahrle of Good Karma Training, NJ on correction. Great way to bring it into perspective: – Corrections Are Natural, And They Start With The Dam This is a perfect photo of pups socializing with their dam. Here, the dam (Momma dog) is calmly correcting her pup for some sort unacceptable behavior. In nature, thriving, healthy animals correct their young. The corrected pups respond by choosing to avoid the unwanted behavior. The pups are not devastated by the dam’s correction. The pups don’t cower in fear of the dam. The pups don’t resent the correction. Instead, the pups absorb the instant communication, and move right along to other challenges, by testing their boundaries, and observing the environment. A balanced dam doesn’t wait for her pups to present good behavior, and respond by profusely rewarding the pup. Instead, the dam communicates instantly to the pup, if the behavior presented is acceptable, or unacceptable, she then quickly moves on. A healthy, balanced dam doesn’t hold a grudge, or excessively punish her pups...

Your Dog’s Separation Anxiety

How many people come home every day to find what look like a tornado or a hurricane had visited the inside of their house? The weather called for sun and clear skies! Wheat the weather man didn’t forecast was the system on four legs that lives inside your house. Many call it separation anxiety and it can manifest itself in many different ways. When you leave your house and leave the dog loose or in the crate, you return to find unspeakable damage, excrement excessive salivation etc. It leaves you to ponder – “why?” and “what should I do?”. Lets first think about what we do when we come home. What is the first thing a lot of people do when their dog runs to greet them? It’s followed by high-pitched squeaky voices and rough-housing much of which many deem as acceptable both on the the dog’s part and the human’s. Or how about when we are at home and the dog keeps whining or barking while in the crate. Much of the time people will respond to the crate and give a verbal correction, or let the dog out in hopes that annoying behavior will stop. Sound familiar? In all these cases, what we as humans are actually doing is encouraging the behavior despite the fact people may see it as “My dog is glad to see me”, or “he’ll stop when I tell him no or let him out”. as it pertains to the crate. The dog sees it as getting a response to his call for attention. When we make a big deal when we come...

Maintaining A Healthy Relationship With your Dog

BTK9T Tip: Bad behaviors such as pulling, jumping, rushing the threshold etc. is nothing less than a bad thing(s) waiting to happen. When left uncorrected these behaviors can explode into much larger and more hazardous reaction when the handler does decide to correct a behavior. Giving your dog his way and not doing it your way will make for a stressful life for both you, your family and your dog. “How do I fix my problem” you ask? It’s simple, start with the little things “No”, “heal”, “down”, etc. If you if you are nervous about going down this road because of the issue it has turned into – find a reputable trainer to work with. The most important thing is to maintain what you have learned. Follow us: www.breakthroughk9training.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/breakthroughk9?ref=hl Dog Training – Puppy Training – Dog Trainer – Richmond VA – Petersburg VA – Charlottesville VA – Colonial Heights VA – Williamsburg VA – Northern VA – Henrico County – New Kent County – Chesterfield County – Hanover County – Goochland...