Dogs’ tendency to behave like dogs has become frowned upon these days – it is not uncommon that their barking, chewing, chasing, digging, jumping, growling, snarling and biting is labeled “abnormal.” Dogs are suspected to have psychological problems when in fact their only problem is that we routinely assign thoughts and intentions to our dogs which exist in our imagination only. Australian dog Trainer Sylvie Martin of Crosspaws delivers another unflinchingly clear vision of how we humans can greatly increase our own happiness as well as our dogs’ by better understanding and respecting the nature of our furry friends rather than constantly projecting human intentions onto their behaviors, which only leads to conflict and stress for both parties.
“My dog is stubborn!” “My dog has an attitude.” “My dog is needy.” “My dog is acting guilty.” Have you ever used one of these phrases? Heard someone else say it? We humans tend to project our human qualities onto other species, including dogs. Dogs aren’t stubborn, mean, brats, guilty-looking, out for revenge, or needy in the sense the word is usually used. When we let go of human-like labels and treat and train our dogs like the amazing, unique species that they are, it deepens our bond with them, sets up realistic expectations, and opens the door to a much happier and cozier existence. Dog trainer extraordinaire, Kristi Benson, discusses what our dogs’ behavior actually means when we label them things like “stubborn,” and how we can set them up for success when we stop anthropomorphizing them.anthropocentrism, Anthropomorphizing dogs, dog behavior, dog training, Dog with attitude, Guilty dog, Labelling dogs with human-like characteristics, Needy dog, Stubborn dog
Alpha dog. Alpha roll. Pack leader. Pack hierarchy. Pack rank. Our intrepid blogger Tanya Hawkes from Wales, UK, takes on the controversial topic of Dominance Theory. Why is this outdated and harmful theory still around? Tanya discusses where it came from, how it harms our dogs and why it persists.Alpha dog concept, Alpha roll, dog training, Dominance Theory, Pack leader, Positive Training, Punishment-based training, Reward-based training
Want to help your dog have a happier, healthier life? Australian dog trainer Sylvie Martin discusses how to help your dog have more freedom in your home as well as outdoors in part 3 of the popular series “More Freedom for Dogs!” More freedom equals a happier healthier dog, and reduces behavioral problems that are often created by too much confinement and restrictions by dog owners. Which means happier, healthier humans who no longer need to stress about those behavioral problems!dog behavior, dog training, dog-human bond, happy dog, healthy dogs, More freedom for dogs!, Positive Training