- 6 months ago Dave PageParticipant
I read a lot of the older book for the psychology behind the training, not to employ brutal techniques.
Reading one I came across a succinctly salient statement regarding man-dog relations, to wit: “…Accordingly, a dog is put on the lead straight away and marched off, while his human companion behaves from the start like an omniscient master, though he may, in fact, know little or nothing of the subject of training. The physical superiority of a man to a dog makes it easy to forget that the man is also a pupil and to fail to realize that the relationship of man to dog is a more difficult one than that of man to horse. The dog is the only domestic animal in the employment of man in which psychological, in addition to physical, attributes are turned to account.…..An animal like a horse, which is used almost exclusively as a mechanical instrument, is far easier to control than one in which psychological as well as physical factors have to be taken into account and applied to practical purposes. Reliable canine services are secured with the greatest certainty and speed by putting a dog into the hands of human pupils and then instructing and guiding them together in the necessary technique.”
In training every new dog we are as much, or more so, a pupil as the dog or pup. The more one understands the individual dog, its specific drives, and how to fulfill them the less compulsion should be needed.
Dogs live in the moment and want to have fun. Want their needs met. Whoever provides those needs for the outlets of their drives will be followed as long as we can teach, and convey, how we desire it to behave.
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