Theory | Observing Dogs'
Behavior | What I Do
to dog training and behavior modification is based
in the behavioral sciences. Here’s how this
approach differs from the traditional dog training model:
the traditional model, the trainer typically
offers an interpretation of what a dog is thinking,
its motives and its status within the pack. If you are working
with a traditional dog trainer, you might hear such comments
as “The dog if feeling guilty because he peed on the
carpet,” or “He is being dominant, alpha.”
contrast, the behavioral model emphasizes
the dog's actual behavior. For example, it reminds us that
dogs are not moral beings: they don’t know
the difference between right and wrong, so they don’t
feel guilty. But dogs do learn very quickly the difference
between what is safe and what is unsafe. A dog that does
not feel safe might warn us (growl), fight (bite), or flee.
These three possible reactions are actual behaviors that
could be modified.