Other Training Methods
Millan and Stilwell
"It is leadership by showing a good example, not dominance", that AVSAB says owners should strive for in relation to their dogs.
Do I even have to respond to this B.S.? Read my book as i cannot write the whole HANDBOOK FOR NEW PUPPY OWNERS in one email.
"House pets, on the contrary, bark too much, jump up on you, ignore your commands, growl and nip at you because they have been inadvertently rewarded for this behavior or because they have not been trained to act differently".
Correct to some extent, but... NO ONE can write a dog training book for all breeds. Each breed has different temperaments and characteristics that require different training techniques.
To be sure, Millan's approach to re-training is sometimes warm and fuzzy, and he has much common ground with positive-reinforcement trainers like Stilwell.
Both trainers strive — as much as possible with a nonspeaking animal — to determine the psychological cause of a pup's misbehavior.
Both encourage people to ignore dogs' annoying habits so as not to accidentally reward them with attention.
Both agree that punishment is only effective during or within half a second after the offending behavior: yell at Butch for peeing in your kitchen after he's already walked away, and Butch will think he's in trouble for walking away.
I don’t ignore bad behavior, never!
I tell the dog that this behavior will not be tolerated and i show the dog how my reaction will be EVERY time such behavior is presented to me. They catch on real quick and stop the behavior in less than 10 min.
If you want to wait a year for the behavior to stop (or not) then go ahead and ignore it. I do understand that many people unknowingly encourage bad behavior and my book explains this so that you will be educated as to how you may be making a dog act in the way you do not wish for him to behave.
Some humans SAY they don’t want the dog to behave as such, then i say “then why are you making the dog behave that way?" If a person really wants to learn how to train their dog, they would research it and fix it. No one can write about most of this stuff, but I do.
The last blue remark or sentence about yelling to your dog, is correct and not correct. My book encourages ACTING out anger so that a dog/pup will know when he is doing something that the owner is telling the pup is a bad thing to do.
A dog doesn’t know what is ok and what is not, unless and until the owners tell the dog/pup that it is not to be done. You must be able to explain to the dog what is ok and what is not. How you get there doesn’t matter to me. Whatever works. My dog understands if i like something or not because i ACT it out. This is explained in full detail in my book.
But, AVSAB says, "calling a dog's behavior aggressive, as Millan often does, should be reserved for the most violent animals, and some critics even dislike the quick smacks on the flank he gives to focus a dog's attention". "Discipline doesn't come in the form of screaming at your dog, hitting your dog or putting it into an alpha roll," says Stilwell. "When you do that, instinct tells the dog to shut down, which is mistaken for calming, but really you're making the dog more insecure." Aggression is aggressive.
I always us the scale from one to ten to explain to humans how much of something i am talking about. It is how i communicate and Millan doesn’t. Each animal trainer learns how to communicate to humans about what you are talking about. Humans must be talked to so that they can understand to a 't'. My book tells it simple so that anyone can understand. If you don’t understand, I tell you over and over and over and over and over again, in different ways until you do understand.
Smacks on the flank to get attention, this depends on the trainer and the dog. If the dog is a 'hard dog' this may be needed. If the dog is soft and/or touch sensitive dog then this may not be necessary. If the dog is food motivated then it may not be necessary to smack the dog. Nothing is set in stone. A smack is not a TERRIBLE thing. If a person thinks so, then they don’t need to discuss or talk to me as I feel they live in a fantasy world and do not understand that animals do not care about rules and laws, nor are they so cute and cuddly as the t.v. portrays. Shit happens and people die. That is the reality of life.
I don’t talk to tree huggers and simple un-realistic folks who don’t know, nor are they open to anything but what they believe to be so. I don’t care if they don’t learn, nor if they don’t know. I don’t care if they ever learn, nor do i care if they die because a tiger or bear or bull runs them down, chews them up or eats them. If a person is stupid and is an animal wacko that LOVES animals so much that they think they will not be hurt, oh well... they go there way, I go mine.
"Such insecurity can have unintended consequences. For one thing, rather than submit, your pets might lash out at you. "They may react with aggression, not because they are trying to be dominant but because the human threatening them makes them afraid," AVSAB says." For another, even if a dog looks subdued, you don't know what's going on inside. "Fear increases cortisol," says AVMA's Beaver, a professor at Texas A&M's College of Veterinary Medicine. "Long-term fear increases it significantly and can lead to long-term health problems associated with stress" — a point that Stilwell, in her melodious British accent, likes to point out to her clients on TV.
'Such insecurity can have unintended consequences', true... as many UN-TRAINED, UN-PROFFESIONALS cannot go the distance... What he/she is discussing is what i call a 'dog fight'(TM) that is what is happening and if the human doesn’t win, he loses big time and can get hurt. The rest of this paragraph is BUNK. Fear is not something to hate. Fear is an emotion that is real. EVERYONE has fear. Fear comes in a variety of degrees, thus once again the number system gets put into place by me to help humans understand the intensity of the emotion FEAR. Why do humans want to SHAME us into using FEAR? If you see FEAR and understand FEAR and know that FEAR is an emotion and that everyone has this FEAR throughout their life time, then you can see that fear has a place in LIFE itself and is NECESSARY in life. Now we can use this emotion as well as the opposite emotion as a tool. We do not have to run from FEAR and only embarrass HAPPY. Fear has a place and is relevant. A professional handler/trainer can use fear, submissiveness, bold, hyper, barking, and every other emotion and condition that any animal has. We use them all as tools to get to where we want to go. If the human race shuns fear then no one will discuss it.
Shy is also a word that many don’t wish to discuss, i do. Once again, each animal has limits and steps within their personality. Professionals can see these differences and use them, back away when needed and come forward when it will work. We press, and then we back off... We do what we have learned to do as we go through the training of thousands of animals. We read the UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE (TM). Its in my book.
Dominance is where i am in my pack. I live in the pack situation. All my dogs are in a pack and you do not know how intense and how cruel the punishment can be. Animals do not care about rules. They learn how much bite to use and while learning many dogs/pups can get hurt.
The above red words and sentences come from: http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,2007250,00.html#ixzz0w1eiyFxb