Dominance dog training may seem like a “been there, done that” issue, but while the science has moved beyond that concept, many people haven’t. Physical punishment may provide an immediate response, but does it teach a dog anything, really, except to avoid the punishment? Just as with the practice of hanging dogs up by their leashes was once used as a corrective “training” tool, we now must deal with the legacy of dominance training, its array of bad ideas for dog training and how they impact development of the bond of trust we should have with our dogs. That’s really a major talking point in the video below: what kind of relationship do you want with your dog?
Steve Dale, journalist, author, broadcaster and behaviorist discusses dominance dog training with Patricia McConnell, PhD, author, Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, Adjunct Professor of Zoology at University of Wisconsin, Madison.