'Ask the Dog Guy' with John Wade

Embracing Science and Common Sense

Dog Trainers

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 [...]

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 [...]

Things to Know About Owning Guarding/Aggression Breeds While They Are Still A Puppy

– Posted in: Aggression, Breeders and Breeding, Cane Corso (Italian Mastiff), Companion Dog Training, Dog Behavior Miscellaneous Articles, Dog Trainers, Mastiff, Molosser, Newsletters, Presa Canario, Rottweiler, Tips
aggressive (by design)

The Cuteness Trap Specially Recommended for These Readers: Breeders of Guarding/Aggression (By Design) Breeds (as a resource for puppy inquiries and buyers) People Interested in Owning Guarding/Aggression (By Design) Breeds Dog Trainers Working with People with Guarding/Aggression (By Design) Breeds Puppies Veterinarians with Less Aware Clients That Bring In Guarding/Aggression (By Design) Breeds Puppies People [...]

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 [...]