It’s Time To Stop Apologizing for Compassion. Our Dogs Deserve Better

We don't need to hurt or intimidate dogs to modify behavior.

Don't let anyone tell you otherwise! We have a solid understanding of how animals learn and are refining the nuances through ongoing scientific research into animal behavior and cognition. Who doesn't love science?!

How do we help dogs change their behavior?

Positive training methods are not limited to simply rewarding dogs when they do something we like. It involves knowing how animals learn, better understanding canine body language, addressing underlying emotions that contribute to behavior, modifying the environment to help a dog be successful, teaching a dog to do a preferred behavior, practicing in more difficult situations, and not least of all, making sure we are meeting a dog's overall needs.

Moving from legacy techniques to compassionate, data-driven methods.

Legacy techniques like shock collars, prong collars, pinning, rolling, shake cans, air horns, and spray bottles that cause pain and fear can be traded for improved knowledge and education, positive approaches, and data-driven methods. Our beloved dogs deserve our best efforts.

Yes, every dog is an individual.

It's absolutely true that different dogs find different things motivating and rewarding, but no training method needs to be painful or frightening. Learning what motivates a particular dog and understanding that motivation for any particular thing waxes and wanes is a key part of behavior modification.

Advocating for your dog

The dog training industry is unregulated, and anyone can call themselves a dog expert. It's essential to do your homework before hiring a trainer. Ask about their education and experience. Ask them exactly how they work with dogs, and don't settle for vague language. If you're not sure a trainer is the right fit for you, it's ok to walk away. Your dog will thank you for it. 💙

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