Hey, Old School Dominance Theory: School’s Out!

Nicole Wilde makes some excellent points about the dominance theory being misunderstood and misapplied by many professional dog trainers. Be careful who’s advice you follow and look for someone who understands the psychology of the species they’re training. Continuing education is MUST for any serious animal trainer.
© 2013 Nicole Wilde. Nicole’s books, DVDs and blog can be found at http://www.nicolewilde.com

Wilde About Dogs

Nic Phantom posingA pediatrician is attempting to examine an infant. He holds the stethescope to the tiny chest but the baby won’t stop squirming. It’s difficult to get an accurate listen. The doctor informs the mother that the baby can’t be allowed to run the show; he needs to show her who’s boss. He slams the baby on her back, places a hand around her neck, and nearly chokes her until she lies still. Does this sound absolutely crazy? Of course it does, because it is. Now replace the words pediatrician with veterinarian and baby with dog. Although the species is different, the dynamic is the same. The difference is that treating dogs this way is all too common.

The story that was partially responsible for inspiring this blog involved a nine-week-old puppy who had been nearly choked by the family vet. Unfortunately, there seens to be an endless supply of similar…

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