Victoria and Scientific Community Debunk Force-Based Training

Victoria and her friend and mentor Dr. Nicholas Dodman were both quoted extensively in a recent article in the Baltimore Sun newspaper recapping the 2011 International Association of Animal Behavior Counselors (IAABC) conference, which was held in Rhode Island April 1-3. 

Victoria was quoted as saying, ""Dogs are sensitive, emotional, vulnerable beings that need us to help to teach them and care for them. They're not out for world domination. Your dog doesn't necessarily want to be top dog. Your dog just wants to understand what is expected. It's ridiculous to think you need to be dominant so your dog can be submissive."

Dr. Frank McMillan of Best Friends Animal Sanctuary also discussed the dangers of compulsion training, saying, "no one argues that our pets have emotions and may suffer as a result of severe psychological injury. There are a long list of potential causes, among them growing up in puppy mills, military service, suffering abuse, being repeatedly re-homed and potentially even force-based dog training."

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  • http://www.hencam.com Terry Golson

    The message that I think is the most important in the article is what Victoria says in the last paragraph - that not all dogs want to be dominant. True of all animals. Not all chickens in my flock would be on the top of the pecking order, even if they could. How much negativity we bring into our relationships with our animals when we assume we have to control and dominate! Once again, thanks, Victoria for your sane approach.

  • http://www.listwithjim.com Jim S

    Can't be mean to people at work or your spouse or your kids or your friends. The dog is the only one you can be mean to and it will still love you. Sad huh !

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