Months back I was asked to be part of a radio show that was devoted to talking about dog training. I was one of three, a trainer who explained to listeners that they could use e-collars (i.e., shock) “nicely” for dogs with storm and sound phobias, and a dog whisperer who went into great detail how to curb resource guarding in dogs by owning everything that the dog could possibly think was his. He can’t guard it if it wasn’t his was her line of reasoning. She described how owners needed to claim the space where the dog’s food bowl was, a feat I’m not quite sure how to accomplish and don’t actually want to imagine.
Going through doors first, walking in front of them, spitting in their food, rolling them on their sides, eh-eh-ing them senseless, the list goes on. It’s utter nonsense and would be comical if it didn’t mean that dogs were not receiving the training help they desperately need. If you are struggling with behavioral challenges with your dog find a trainer, a real trainer, one who understands how dangerous stress and fear can be to dogs. A trainer who understands behavior and learning, not one who is content to make sh*t up about dogs.