Thursday, December 12, 2013

Good Dog Training Doesn't Make Good Television

A television program that shows the proper method for solving behavioral issues would be quite boring. It would look a lot like the below video





I could have filmed a "before"  video - where Murphy was running around and barking while I opened and closed the blinds.  But why put Murphy through that type of stress just to make a video.

When helping our dogs feel better about triggers, it's less stressful for the dog, and more conducive to training if we start a place where the dog isn't afraid and introduce triggers in tiny manageable amounts.

-Bad for dogs but good for ratings:
Forcing dog-reactive dogs into to close situations with other dogs in order to get a reaction or even starting a fight.

-Good for dogs but boring for television:
Looking at dogs from 300 feet away and getting treats



-Bad for dogs but good for ratings:
Forcing a scared, growling dog into grooming

-Good for dogs but boring for television:
Using desensitization and counter conditioning to help a dog feel better about grooming



-Bad for dogs but good for ratings:
Leaving a dog in a crate while he/she cries

-Good for dogs but boring for television
Acclimating dogs to a crate



-Bad for dogs but good for ratings:
Letting a dog pull on leash, then hanging or choking the dog

-Good for dogs but boring for television:
Making walks fun, and keeping the dog's attention. Using treats instead of shock, prongs, or choking





Also see: Why Are We So Fascinated With Dog Aggression?

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