Correction: The Misunderstood (Part 1) — Classic Canines
Since I already knew who was telling the truth and who wasn't, I wanted to see how far my son would take his denials. He was busted. They'd prefer you fly them off to some remote island with their phone than to take it away. His behavior points to what is called, Operant conditioning which is when a. Is there room for correction in modern dog training? It's when I say that we use a form of operant conditioning here at CC that Learning about of Pavlov's theory of classical conditioning may help you see how a simple creature like a . If your dog did something extra bad, let's say he was busted digging. He took a different tact and said, “You are obviously conditioned into a and, there is no desire or requirement for innovative or creative thought patterns'. The kid had just busted his bubble using a quotation like that, and from Einstein no less. The operant word is 'choose', isn't it; for they could very well 'choose' to .
And, here's a serious note to take: Punishment does not exist in the animal world. Truth is, when your dog presents those guilty behaviors see hundreds of YouTube clipshe is not actually responding the the specific behavior you're pointing out to him. He's responding to the fact that you are upset - based on your voice and body language - and the item which you are directing at him.
To understand that, they would need to have a conscious understanding and memory string in their mentality. Dogs don't have that. I'll explain more about this and how dogs learn in another blog post soon. In order to respond and get what he wants - he's not punished - a dog will often display submissive or "cute" behaviors that distract us humans long enough to forget our frustration.
Many positive-only trainers will tell you that correction is abusive, cruel, and damaging to a dog's mental stability and learning curve. Force trainers will tell you that their form of correction is the only way a dog learns, because he's an animal and only understands physical power and language. At CC, we find both of these messages almost entirely incorrect.
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We agree that punishment not correction is unfair and can be cruel to a dog. We also agree that dogs primarily understand physical language, and they naturally respect balanced strength. However, that's about the extent of our head-nodding in these arguments. See what I did there? That means it needs to follow these rules: It comes from a place of balance. You do NOT correct a dog when you are angry, frustrated, or have a heightened emotional level. You, the human, must be balanced and confident in your feelings and your actions.
If you are anything but neutral and calm, you have no business trying to balance a dog's behavior while your own is off-tilt. When correction comes from a place of anger, that's when it is cruel and ugly and completely unacceptable in any form.
It matches the behavior. If a dog is chewing on your son's favorite stuffed bear, a simple, "No," and removal of the bear is sufficent. If your dog is biting your hand, growling and shaking his head, do you think a "No," is going to stop him? If he's getting physical with you, you get physical back. Balancing the dog's mental state must come from balance I'll keep saying this til you believe it!
If a dog lunges at me or bites me, he or she is bound to get a sound, smart grab on the side of the neck, stomach, or right on top of the nose. This is not a Chuck Norris-style round-house kick. This is a fast, abrupt, and deliberately stern motion that is meant to shock a dog out of his mindset and stop the behavior he's displaying.
The power of the physical touch should be as intense as the power he or she is pressuring you with. You must match the energy level of the behavior if you expect to break it. Correction takes only a moment or two to distribute. It is not set on repeat. You don't not pursue the dog after he submits to "whip his butt!
I've seen people "correct" their dogs or horses by hitting or kicking them repeatedly. This not only is from a place of imbalance, but it's abuse.
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It sends the animal into fight or flight mode, and you're going to be lucky if it's flight. Because if it's fight, you're in for a world of hurt Notice that when amongst each other, dogs do not fight over small things. When an alpha or other dog higher on the tiers of power in the group corrects another, it is quickly done and then it is over. When a dog is fighting, it's not quick.
It's long, and the energy is very high and chaotic.
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Correction is not in that column of behavioral traits. This, too, is how you can tell the difference in your own pack when someone is being corrected for being rude, pushy, or too energetic -- and when there's about to be a pack fight. You should always be the one to maintain the balance and harmony in your pack. But, if you don't know correction and its true uses, you're not going to be able to do it, and you're going to see a lot more of dog-on-dog correction or fighting than you ever should be!
When you've had to correct a dog for something, make sure you are then re-directing him to something good. Ask him for something simple, like a sit. I have tremendous respect for others with advanced credentials, and describe some of the vets that I work with as walking on water.
But that said, who do you want helping you rehab a rescue dog who growls at visitors? You want someone with experience working with dogs with behavioral problems, who can refer to a vet when necessary, and someone you can relate to and who can relate to youwho does a good job being your coach, teacher and cheerleader all at the same time.
What qualifies someone to do that? Knowledge and ability, yes?BUSTED - Meet You There
But knowledge of what, and ability to do what? An in-depth understanding of what behavioral problems are often caused by or correlated with medical problems, including a good working knowledge of structure and function, basic physiology and what behavioral problems always require an appointment with a veterinarian. No one should ever give a client instructions about what to teach their dog, without being able to demonstrate how to do it successfully to the same dog, in the same context as the clients.
Consultants absolutely must have fantastic social skills with people, and be able to create a welcome and supportive environment for the client.
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Specialists who are great with dogs but not with people are not suited to do behavior consulting, period. Could I make it more clear how strongly I feel about this?! The ability to take all the knowledge listed above and customize it for each case. Being a behavioral consultant means knowing how to successfully influence the behavior of two species, and that means knowing how to present information in away that clients can use and adopt.