Positive Reinforcement is a Strong Idea with Weak Results

More than forty years ago people didn’t take any crap off their dogs.
Dogs were NOT our equals and we didn’t join THEIR pack. They were
admitted to OUR pack and were absolutely expected to be respectful to
us, or they were “sent to the farm”

Excessive Barking, Bad Behavior, And How to Avoid Alpha Dominance or Actual Control of The Dog

[Disclaimer: This article will be shocking to most people because it expects them to be dominant over their dog.]

If you find yourself saying “Oh no, he would bite me if I tried trimming his nails” –

You are NOT alpha to your dog.

Don’t take crap off your dog. Find an Alpha trainer (usually ex-military or extremely experienced) and use one.

One night I got up at 3 in the morning and before I knew it, Isabelle
was across the floor to have-a-gnaw on my feet and my foot went under
her as I stepped forward and scooped her across the floor and into the
bedroom door. Bonk.

I wasn’t running. But, let’s face it: I might-as-well have kicked her. At least in her mind, I kicked her.

She instantly became the most obedient dog we ever had, and never gnawed a foot again.

NO she was not traumatized, fearful, punishment-trained or any of the
PTSD that the trainers promise your dog will have from what happened.
## Furthermore I’ll reiterate it was an accident ##. But the trainers
will assure you that the “punished” dogs will have lower self esteem,
appreciate fine music less, become sociopaths and Narcissists, try to
run away, fail in dog classes, badmouth you in therapy, and end up less
creative than “Good” owner’s dogs.

Bull shit.

The rednecks had it right. Rednecks don’t take shit off their dogs. And it works.

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Dr Erik Johnson is a Marietta, Georgia Veterinarian with a practice in small animal medicine. He graduated from University of Georgia with his Doctorate in 1991. Dr Johnson is the author of several texts on Koi and Pond Fish Health and Disease as well as numerous articles on dog and cat health topics.