I'm doing this post because I've received a couple comments this month that I'd like to address. While neither are from frequent followers, I felt it'd be good to lay it all out. You know, just be frank with y'all so there's no further misunderstanding. :)
The first comment doesn't bother me as much as the second, and it's more semantics than anything else. It was posted early this month on the Training Goals for February post. The comment said:
"Good luck Nola and to your mom! were very excited for your training! always remember be submissive to your mom and she knows best for you Nola! :D"
The issue I have is with the word "submissive". Like I said, it's really just semantics, but the words we use have a huge impact on the way they're received.
If you've been following our adventures for a while, you'll know that I am very much for Positive Reinforcement/Clicker Training, dog friendly training and interaction and not using intimidation and force, and that I am very anti Alpha, Top Dog, Pack Theory, ect.
My reason for that is because Pack/Alpha/Dominance Theory has been debunked by modern science, and the person who originally coined the term Pack Theory has come out and said that dogs do not form packs, and therefore do not need you to be "top dog". Read more about that in this article: Association of Pet Dog Trainers: Dominance and Dog Training. Also feel free to check out my training page, Training the Untrainable: Our Life of Positive Reinforcement, for more of my thoughts and ramblings on PR training.
If you don't have the time to read through the training page (and I don't blame you; there's a lot on there), this is the gist of my feelings on how I train my dog:
- I don't need nor desire a dog who is submissive. That personality has no room in my life. I consider myself an assertive person, and I want a dog like me, as conceited as it sounds. That's one of my favorite things about Nola; the fact that she's bossy, assertive and basically myself in dog form.
- I don't like being harsh with Nola, and PR gives me the chance to train and interact with my dog in a positive, gentle way.
- I want my dog to do things for me because she wants to, not out of fear of what will happen if she doesn't comply.
|My PR trained, CGC Nola, preforming the "touch" cue on her clicker.|
The second comment actually pissed me off quite a bit at first, and I wrote a whole draft post ranting and swearing before I cooled off and decided to sit down and write this post instead (thank you, level headed Mom), to address what was said in a honest, adult way.
The comment was on yesterday's post (Dachshund Nola Reviews: ToughHound Collar), and it said:
Call me hypersensitive, but I really don't like someone implying the notion that I don't know how to take care of my dogs. In fact, it drives me up the wall. :) So, to make this short and to the point, here we go:
All four of my dogs wear harness for walking and when we travel. They are never walked on collars for the specific reason that they're a breed that can be down right harmed if they're walked on a collar (other breeds include Pugs, Bulldogs, ect), and because one of my favorite trainers (Emily Larlham, more commonly known on YouTube as Kikopup) suggests that walking a dog on a collar can increase behavior problems, not to mention collars are know causes of issues such as:
- Neck injuries
- Eye issues
- Malfunction of the nervous system in the forelimbs
- Behavioral issues
"Vest Harness are the safest harnesses." That may be true, but since Nola can slip any harness that isn't the original Puppia, and the fact that we live in Florida where the temperatures frequently hover between 100-105 degrees in the summer, vest harnesses would do way more harm than good.
Also, since I seem to be completely incapable of being totally mature, I just have to say that Nola, Augustine, Boston and Phoenix are my dogs, and I will do whatever I damn well please with them. ;) I don't tell you what to do or not do with your dogs, so please extend the same courtesy and refrain from telling me what I "should" do with my dogs.