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The fastest way to brainwash a person is have it repeated to them over and over

Social media is helping to spread and encourage rewards-based training across Australia, especially in the younger generation, university-educated, and left-leaning. Sadly, social media is full of a lot of conflicting and inaccurate information about dogs (and many other topics too), and I often have clients come to me confused because they don’t know what to believe regarding correct training methods for their dog.

Over the last few years, we have seen the rise and demand of ‘rewards-based’ training courses available online on a global scale. As far as I can tell, these courses have become extremely popular for the following reasons:

  1. They are cheap.
  2. Readily available.
  3. Simplistic – anyone can grasp the ‘concepts’ being taught; and
  4. They suit a narrative.

Social media is helping to spread and encourage rewards-based training across Australia, especially in the younger generation, university-educated, and left-leaning. Sadly, social media is full of a lot of conflicting and inaccurate information about dogs (and many other topics too), and I often have clients come to me confused because they don’t know what to believe regarding correct training methods for their dog.

Rewards-based training does have it’s benefits, however

I have spent a couple of decades educating and helping people with their dogs but now I am actually re-educating people now and it’s mostly through what they seen online or the other which is extremely common or they have hired one of pure positive people. I cannot call them professional dog trainers as its an insult to the title. Yes positive reinforcement does work and it has been proven to work over and over as I use it more than anything else yet it is not the end and be all. These people will try and tell that a dog can figure things out, they are suggesting deductive reasoning and dogs cannot and have never able to “figure things out”. A dogs behaviour is a result of it’s genetics and its exposure to life, what it has learnt and how it has learnt it. Also the other piece of brilliance they will give you is we can just replace the behaviour! Yet what if the dog likes the previous behaviour and what if the previous behaviour is far more inline with the dogs innate goals than the new behaviour? What then…

Rather than smashing the people by making general descriptions of their methodologies lets get into specifics of their methods. I can and will prove to how their methodologies’ when trying to control or change an undesirable behaviour such as aggression, they are rewarding the behaviour and I am going to break it down and explain exactly what is going on.

Dog training done best is done incrementally and that depends the dog, the trainer and the environment will dictates to how fast the dog will learn.   

They like to call these methods redirection or distraction training.

In reality is it more of nice idea as it lacks so much substance its nauseating.

It’s like this if you produce something ie ball,toy, food and the dog likes these thing you just rewarded the dog. The doesn’t actually have to receive it yet you produced it at time of the behaviour. See I told you it’s simple. It does my head in.

 This pleading and begging they encourage dog owners to do is extremely frustrating.

I get so many behaviour problems that have been made far worse by people using positive only methods and the rest is mere guess work. It has made a lot more work for trainers like myself without question but its so frustrating because dogs are suffering and they cannot live the life of a dog that is trained properly and methods that are truly in line with the dogs innate goals. Aggression is the big one as it’s either rewards or drugs, that’s all they have. I have taken so many dogs off drugs it’s not funny at all. All they have is a sedative essentially and when that one is no longer doing its job you either get more of that drug or a different drug all together. I had dog years ago that was on so much medication just to go for a walk it would stagger, it made me feel sick to see it and yes I fixed that dog too, off leash friendly with other dogs no problem and has not shown aggression or been in a fight since training with me and he is just one of many.

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