I would like to prance around with a prong collar user at the end of a leash with a prong collar(Choke-chain with spikes). I would pull on the collar at the slightest resistance and if I did it by accident I would go WHOOOPS! really loud. Then I would laugh and laugh and laugh. Ahhhhhhh. Good times. Now, point of my Shadenfruede:
As a dog owner you need to learn how to be a good teacher.
Dog ownership is a huge responsibility and it requires that YOU as the dog owner be trained on how to be a good teacher. Your dog is a direct reflection of how good of a teacher you are. Your dog is a reflection of YOU. If you are upset at how your dog has/is acting, you are upset with yourself, as a poor instructor. This is as true of teaching anyone anything! I have been an instructor for 7 years and can say that there was NEVER a single student in any of the classes I taught who attended class & handed in assignments & failed. If any student was failing it was my job as the teacher to teach them. If one way doesn’t work you try another. It’s that easy.
You know how you are good at some things and not good at others. Remember how you like to learn in a certain way, like maybe you like watching videos, or you enjoy learning through reading, or learning through doing. Well guess what, your pooch is exactly the same. (So are your kids, but that is a rant for another day.) So if everyone and every dog learns different things, in different ways then maybe there is no need for violent training. This includes pulling, choking, poking, pinching, anything that if I did it to a kid, you would be pissed.
There is a better way for you. Do not become a violent person. Where will it stop. It starts with prong collars and ends in the apocalypse people!!! Be GOOD. Be KIND. Be PATIENT. The stuff kids learn in kindergarden. Wouldn’t it be so much better walking with a dog who wants to be by your side. Hey I know slavery makes easy profits, and water-boarding makes people talk. Results are results, there’s no denying that. BUT I got my dog to be my companion, not my forced prisoner. I did not sign for unpaid guard duty.
Being a trainer will require you learn 2 important things. Patience & Consistency. If you don’t have these characteristics already, it will take practice for YOU to learn. Dogs respond automatically to this way of teaching.
OK just think about this for a minute logically. When has more of something ever negated it. Pulling + Pulling =stop pulling? no I don’t think so. Pulling + Choking= calmness, yeah I don’t think so either. But HOW CAN I MAKE HIM STOP IT??? It’s just going for a walk!!! C’mon! Well to start, going for a walk is a HUGE thing, ask any dog that one word ‘Walk?’ and you’ll see it’s very important, and should be fun! I’m not a professional dog trainer, I am only a trainer in training myself, but I have shopped around, everywhere and quit violent courses that I really did not see results from anyway. Yes, over time you can beat anyone into anything, but with positive reinforcement, I saw immediate results AND it was FUN for BOTH of us! YAY! Check this guy out, he is really good, but there are many others too 😉 Never resort to violence. Also ‘positive’ reinforcement does not mean making your dog obese with over indulged treats. (treats all the time doesn’t work either!!!!)
Playlist of 55 Positive Dog Training Vids 😉
Tara Audibert is an artist, illustrator, podcaster and animation instructor. She lives with her spouse Curtis and dog Burke in Sunny Corner, NB, where they play with puppets, build lego scenes, animate, paint and do all sorts of fun things in the woods. Subscribe to the podcast for a more detailed guide on how not to be a grown -up.