"Ask the Dog Guy" with John Wade

"Ask the Dog Guy" with John Wade

Puppy and Obedience Training Without Food or Fear

All Positive AKA Force Free Dog Training

I Debate Claire Staines, an ‘All Positive/Force-Free’ UK based Dog Trainer

– Posted in: All Positive AKA Force Free Dog Training, Columns, Newsletters

Background I posted on my Facebook page this short video as an encouragement to read a column I had written all positive and harnesses and received a comment from an ‘All Positive/Force-Free’ trainer named Claire Staines. I invited her to debate. The link to the article referred to is here: http://www.askthedogguy.com/harnesses-all-positive-dog-training/ Below is as much [...]

WHY I APPRECIATE POST SHARING SO MUCH AND WHY IT’S SO IMPORTANT

– Posted in: All Positive AKA Force Free Dog Training, Columns, Might is Right Dog Training, Newsletters
sharing

When I see that someone shares something I’ve created, It makes me think that something I wrote resonated and the person sharing makes me recall the Edmund Burke and Eldridge Cleaver quotes found in the header and at the very bottom of this post. Maybe what I wrote, was just something with which they agreed. [...]

Harnesses And ‘All Positive’ Dog Training

– Posted in: All Positive AKA Force Free Dog Training, Columns, Dog Trainers, Newsletters
harnesses

Using sophism the ”All Positive/Force-Free’ companion dog trainers have convinced themselves and others that any collar around a dog’s neck is now inhumane and that harnesses are currently the only humane choice. Perhaps, to the average companion dog owner, dog trainer, veterinarian, vet tech etc. this isn’t as apparently revealing as I wish it were. So [...]

Donating To A Rescue? BE VERY CAREFUL

– Posted in: All Positive AKA Force Free Dog Training, Columns, Newsletters, Rescue Mills, Rescues
donating to a rescue

I just read an article about an animal rescue that is including in its mandate the promotion of veganism that reminded me how important it is to be very careful when donating to a rescue. From what I can tell, the vegan agenda wasn’t for the animals (thank goodness – I’ve seen that before) but [...]

Name Calling and Shunning

– Posted in: All Positive AKA Force Free Dog Training, Columns, Dog Trainers, Just Dog Behaviour for Dog Trainers, Newsletters, Podcasts
name calling and shunning

I read a blog post today in which psychology professor Robert Sutton at Stanford University was quoted from his book as advocating shunning in an academic setting. The book “The Asshole Survival Guide”. For reasons I’ll elaborate on shortly, I can’t say I’m tempted to read it. It did get me thinking about dog training [...]

Fur Baby and Pet Parents

– Posted in: All Positive AKA Force Free Dog Training, Columns, Newsletters
fur baby

This column is a response to a comment made on one of my other columns where I was taken to task for what was described as “The contempt you seemingly have for the “fur baby” type is offensive.” You can find the column and the comment here – http://www.askthedogguy.com/second_dog_good_idea_or_not/. I don’t think you need to read [...]

Cane Corso Considered Aggressive and Unadoptable – Rescued by ‘Rescue’ and Rehomed

– Posted in: Aggression, All Positive AKA Force Free Dog Training, Cane Corso (Italian Mastiff), Columns, Mastiff, Molosser, Newsletters
Cane Corso

Cane Corso Considered Aggressive and Unadoptable Rescued by ‘Rescue’ and Rehomed I just adopted a one yr (approx.) male Cane Corso who was on the kill list at the shelter. He was considered aggressive and unadoptable. He came to the shelter as a stray, adopted out twice, supposedly they were told no other dogs could [...]

Ignore Bad Behaviour and Reward Good Behaviour Dog Training

– Posted in: All Positive AKA Force Free Dog Training, Newsletters, Training

How about like every mother dog, wolf, ape and human being we just shoot for being ‘All Positive’ almost all the time and end up with fewer frustrated dog owners, euthanized and abandoned dogs, not to mention all those ‘All Positive/Force-Free’ “trained” dogs that end up living for the most part under house arrest because [...]

The Negative Effects of Positive Reinforcement | Psychology Today

– Posted in: All Positive AKA Force Free Dog Training, Newsletters

I can’t remember who sent me the link to this article. It will be of interest to anyone interested in a look at all positive training without the hype. “Somewhere in the back of every dog trainer’s mind is that image of Pavlov’s dogs, salivating at the sound of a bell ringing. That’s the apex [...]