'Ask the Dog Guy' with John Wade

Embracing Science and Common Sense

All Positive AKA Force Free Dog Training

Is The Problem Companion Dog Owners or Companion Dog Trainers?

– Posted in: ‘All Positive/Purely Positive/Force-Free . . . (Treats, Treats, Treats)’, All Positive AKA Force Free Dog Training, Clicker Training, Companion Dog Training, Dog Trainers, Fully Balanced Companion Dog Training, Might is Right Dog Training, Partially Balanced, Trainers and Training, ‘Might Is Right’
Bad Dog

I won’t here as it’s a seminar level presentation rather than a casual blog post but I can make a reasonable, strong and scientifically supported argument that very little that currently passes for ‘learning theory’ in companion dog training is based on canine or human behavior in the context of how any higher order social [...]

Clicker Training Cat Aggressive Pit Bull

– Posted in: Aggression, All Positive AKA Force Free Dog Training, Dog Behavior Miscellaneous Articles, Newsletters, Pitbull (Pit Bull)
Pelican Landing

Based on how you’re describing going about this the only way those ‘high-value treats’ and clicker are going to impact your cat’s future is if your dog confuses which of your hands holds the treat and which hand is holding the clicker and tragically chokes on the clicker.

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

– Posted in: All Positive AKA Force Free Dog Training, Dog Behavior Miscellaneous Articles, Newsletters, Trainers and Training

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, Dog Behavior Miscellaneous Articles, 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, Dog Behavior Miscellaneous Articles, 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? Some Are Rescue Mills

– Posted in: All Positive AKA Force Free Dog Training, Dog Behavior Miscellaneous Articles, 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, Dog Behavior Miscellaneous Articles, Dog Trainers, Just Dog Behaviour for Dog Trainers, Newsletters, Podcasts, Trainers and Training
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, Dog Behavior Miscellaneous Articles, Dogs and Children, Newsletters, Trainers and Training
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), Dog Behavior Miscellaneous Articles, 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 [...]

All Positive Training is Wrong

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

This is an radio interview I did in London Ontario on CJBK 1290 offering a counter-perspective regarding ‘All Positive/Force-Free’ all the time dog training and equipment banning etc. Some of you may be aware of recent developments in Toronto and Florida where animal rights agenda is being use to attempt the banning of some dog [...]