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  •  You'd be surprised. (1+ / 0-)
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    alevei

    Hand your dog off to a top-rate trainer (or other experience handler) and your dog (whatever his/her skill level) will likely be a mushy pile of obedience eager to please.

    It's not "pack member," so much as its human who shows ( either instantly or over time) that they deserve respect. I'm not talking about people like Cesar Millan either. I'm talking about trainers who use proven cruelty-free "positive" techniques. They exude confidence and a sense that your dog will be safe with them. A smart, emotionally healthy, well socialized dog recognizes that instantly.

    © grover


    So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

    by grover on Sat May 11, 2013 at 01:02:23 AM PDT

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    •  I was a dog trainer (1+ / 0-)
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      alevei

      for many years. I know how it works. It is not just a matter of respect. It is hierarchy among the pack. A dog that gets a command that is understood from someone (human or other dog) that is above them in their pack is incapable of not responding to that command unless there are circumstances beyond their control (i.e., dogs can't do some things when they're stressed or excited, like eat or sit, respectively). If the command comes from someone outside their pack, it is never anything more than a suggestion. Some dogs will almost always obey, some never will.

      I agree that cruelty-free positive techniques are better. It's exactly what I was trained to use. Some dogs are always eager to please. Others, not so much. There really are dogs who don't give a shit. And it varies among breeds. Terriers, for instance, particularly the small ratters, are notoriously difficult to train, and unless they're treat trained (a technique I never used), will rarely respond to anyone outside their pack.

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