|Why Modern Training Methods?|
sophistication in our relationship with animals
If we were to hit our children, use electrical shocks in order for them to behave properly I am sure we would achieve children that in front of our eyes did not dare to do anything we did not want them to do. But have they really learnt anything? Do we not create mistrusting human beings that will do all the bad things behind our backs instead? Because the level of understanding of the task is not high, only the level of understanding how to avoid punishment. We believe that dogs react the same way.
think it is better to teach the dog what to do rather than teach the dog
how to avoid punishment
When we train dogs we use this in order to teach them what kind of behaviour that is rewarding. We help them to develop a free charachter that dare to try and think in order to develop a happy approach to life.
Everything we do here at ewas dog life is based on clear communication and security. We base our training on positive, modern, proven training methods.
demands on dogs behaviour has changed over the years
Have a look 20 years ago, 30 years ago, 50 years ago. Talk to the older generation and anybody can tell you about the neighbour that had a dog that you could not stroke and that you had to keep your children away from, a woman who owned the local shop who had a dog that everybody knew ran off at least once a week, the farmer up the hill who had a dog that you had to cycle pass really quickly with your feet up high because the dog chased and bit your ancles otherwise. These dogs were never taught what to do and as long as their owner was not around, i.e. the punisher was not there, they could do whatever. These dogs would not be accepted in our society today.
Anger produces anger.
society - modern training techniques
This demands something more from us as owners and trainers. It demands planning, education and engagement. We would like to think that it is here ewas dog life comes into the picture.
We are good at planning, education and engagement. We are good at spreading our enthusiasm to the people training for us and we would like to think that the participants lay a good foundation for the future together with their dog.
Trust produces trust. Kindness produces kindness. Security produces security.
is earnt, not taken
What I mean with all of this is that we need to show our dogs, prove to them over and over again that we are worthy the leadership. Again I do not believe that comes from punishments since that only will create a fear and possibly a "I take you next time" mentality rather than respect and trust.
At ewas dog life we help you to become that trusting mum/dad your dog so desperately wants to have.
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To begin with, lets say that it is not a matter of wether very hard training techniques based on punishment works or not. They often do in fact. So did slavery as well. Negative training methods will work on any animal since we are built in the way of trying to avoid pain and grief. We will do what we are told, just like the slaves, or else.
A long time ago we did not know much better techniques for training dogs than the once based on punishments and anger. Personally I think they are based in fear.
Today however, we know, from academic research, from practical experience, from results that are speaking for themselves, that positive training methods based on trust brings results that are as good as and many times better than the ones that are based on punishments. As a bonus we also create a good relationship with our dog. I find behaviours born from positive experiences are much more steady and you reach your goals a lot quicker.
However, at the end of the day, it comes down to Who are you? Who do you want to be? How do you want to approach dogs, children, people and life in general? And how do you want them to approach you?
If your answer consists of something in line with respect and love, consistency and trust then you have found the right place to train with your dog.
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