“We must stop dominance-based and punitive training methods. There’s no science there, and dogs don’t learn anything except to fear us. Positive training techniques work; not to mention they are more humane, enhancing the relationship with your dog instead of destroying it. If dogs are our best friends, they deserve our kindness and respect. I won’t rest until science-based positive training is the norm.” – Victoria Stillwell, trainer, host of It’s Me or the Dog on Animal Planet. From USA Weekend, Dec 23-25, 2011, Pet Peeves of Dog Experts by Steve Dale.
This is the first of six tidbits that were worth resharing after their publication in the sunday paper magazine.