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The Emotive Based Unreality

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It astounds me how many videos are now on social media (literally 10's of thousands), showing dogs being trained with tools such as ecollars and prong collars. dogs enjoying their training dogs not abused dogs not working out of fear dogs not shutting down dogs not triggered into forced helplessness dogs not forced into submission dogs with a strong bond with their owner/trainer/handler Unreality lack of reality; quality of being unreal: the unreality of dreams. something that is unreal, invalid, imaginary, or illusory: She appeared to be living in a world of unrealities. incompetence or impracticality, especially in everyday matters There is so much more observable evidence supporting the use of these tools as appropriate when used correctly, than against their use. And yet, ALL the readily available reality based observable evidence is totally ignored by these purely positive and force free groups, preferring to allow emotion to be their guiding...
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Utopia doesn't exist for our dogs

Utopia doesn't exist for our dogs
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A person that informs you that a particular tool is abusive, and yet hasn't even bothered to educate them self or learnt how to use it correctly, must be refusing to personally validate their own views with practical experience because the emotional self obviously fears so much of being proven wrong. They fear their emotional self will be left hanging in tatters if proven wrong, and that is way too much of a cross too bear, if indeed it happens. Why else wouldn't they want to validate their views to see if they are indeed justified or not? Isn't that what ANY rational person would do, before jumping to any conclusions, validate their own views to be sure they are correct and justified? Obviously not, if you live with the fear of being proven wrong. This emotional weakness isn't about doing whats best for the dog, its more about the fear...
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Can RSPCA be trusted to help our dogs?

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RSPCA are one the biggest killers of dogs with behavioural issues, not only in Australia, but every country they operate in. You only have to look up their statistics. A society that is supposed to be an advocate for animals and have sworn to protect them, and yet can't (won't) even modify many of the dogs behaviours that are taken into their care, due to pushing an emotive ideology that is in their minds, more important than a dogs life. Instead of opening their minds and looking for alternative help, they prefer to kill. RSPCA should be the last organisation governments and society should be looking too in regards to responsible dog training, behaviour modification and training tools. RSPCA treat trainers that will not support their positive only ideology like lepers. A number of years ago, whilst I was operating in Adelaide, I put my hand out and publicly (and directly...
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The 'furbaby syndrome', the humanising of dogs

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It doesn't surprise me the emotive backlash I received from a 'few' dog owners in regards to my Facebook post , that a major part of the problem in regards to people humanising dogs and therefore the continuing rise in dog bites, dog attacks and aggression, is what is now termed by many in the industry, the ' furbaby syndrome ', the humanising of dogs. I am sure this article will also receive a strong backlash... I understand that many feel that it's their right to call their dog whatever they like. And I agree, it is your right. However, it cannot be denied that most (not ALL) dog owners that have a furbaby/furkid relationship with their dog, or view their dog from that position, choose to do so because they have, what I consider, an unhealthy overly emotional attachment to their dog, and unless we start to address this issue...
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No censorship, and that anthropomorphic 'love' word again

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I don't mind people visiting to my Facebook page and disagreeing with my professional views, as everyone has a right to an opinion. What surprises me is how many become emotionally unhinged, just because a 'professional' has rocked their core beliefs, beliefs that they have become so overly emotionally attached too. The only counter many of them have is to throw insults and attack me and those that agree with me, or that may have closely related views, in comments to my posts. They try to shut people down by bullying. I used to remove these insulting and attacking comments and then ban those emotionally unstable people from commenting further on my page (I have a long list of banned people), however, I now believe its probably best to let others see the level these people will go too to push their agenda, and how mentally unstable some of them are....
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Is your dog suffering in silence at the hands of your Vet Behaviourist?

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Psychotropic medication should ALWAYS be a last resort.. Not the first go-to option that is now becoming so popular with Vet Behaviourists. The medical quick fix for behavioural issues at the expense of our dogs overall well being is at epidemic levels. The administering of drugs to do nothing more than mask issues such as for unwanted behaviours has become big business in the pet industry. Dog owners in my opinion are being conned into believing that dogs with behavioural issues have a mental illness or a chemical imbalance that only drugs can fix. It is my professional opinion that in the majority of cases, all a dog needs is some behavioural intervention that can be worked through without drugging a dog. On the very rare occasion that a dog does need these medications, a behaviour modification programme should also be incorporated, to help get the dog off these drugs ASAP....
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Prozac and the dog that shouldn't be.

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I am angry..Yes angry, for 2 reasons. A beautiful GSD, forced onto psychotropic medication, and mainly due to a training methodology that wasn't offering him any guidance, discipline or structure around the home. Please note, I am in no way blaming my client. And neither should you! He loves his dog, and was doing everything he thought was right for his dog, by following what he was told was the right thing to do. He wanted nothing but the best for his dog. He did what he believed was right, took his young pup to puppy school. He took his dog to obedience training. Unfortunately, he was like so many others that are falling for this new age ideology, led down a path that I consider in many cases, is detrimental to a dogs overall well being and the human and dog relationship. The dogs name is Jett. An almost 20...
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The lie about science-based training methods, and pushing half the science

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When a dog trainer advertises them self as a rewards based trainer, what they are indicating is that they use positive reinforcement to mark appropriate behaviours. There is not one training method that is not rewards based, whether you are a positive-only trainer, a force-free trainer, or have a more balanced philosophy about training. It doesn't matter if you use food, toy, play or praise as your reinforcer, they are all used in training to reinforce a behaviour in that moment. Reinforcers' have different value level to a dog. Some dogs love to work for their owner's approval and attention. Other dogs work better for a stronger motivator such as food.The fact is, that no matter what your preferred method, you cannot successfully train a dog without using positive reinforcement.   Many positive-only and force-free trainers will falsely advertise that balanced trainers are punishment-based trainers and that they are reward-based trainers....
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Emotive ideology, and its possible link to inappropriate punishment

Emotive ideology, and its possible link to inappropriate punishment
It shouldn't, but it still astounds me how many homes I go into whereby the family were brainwashed in to an emotive based ideology at their puppy preschool, that has led them to becoming totally frustrated dog owners, and therefore in many cases influencing their actions.   Don't get me wrong, I am not talking about teaching a puppy basic commands like sit, drop come, stay. I am talking about behaviours that if not dealt with (and not just managed) would be detrimental for the overall well being for the growing dog, and also for the well being, sanity and above all, the safety of family members. The escalation in hospitalisations for dog bites, the numbers of dogs now handed over to shelters, the increased numbers of dogs put to sleep, and the increased numbers of dogs pushed on to psychotropic medication, over the past 15 years must be a direct...
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What does the future hold for dog ownership?

What does the future hold for dog ownership?

Where is society heading, and what does the future hold in regards to our relationship with the domesticated dog? We have an extremist and fanatical element pushing false and misleading information for no other reason than to push an emotive agenda, and this is apparently ok by societies standards now. The truth doesn't matter any more. Using emotion to push false and misleading claims to get a point across is apparently more acceptable and believable than observable and verifiable facts in today's society. The world is going crazy, with all of the bans on dog training equipment being enforced, and trying to suppress and even outlaw training methods, and ALL based on a lie. The pet dog owner is being preyed upon by an extremist element, and many are too blind to see it. Society is being pushed from training dogs, to management principles, and this alone is going to be...
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A person that informs you that a particular tool is abusive, and yet hasn't even bothered to educate them self or learnt how to use it correctly, must be refusing to personally validate their own views with practical experience because the emotional ...
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