Response to Channel 10’s News Story- part 2. An open challenge to trainers against my methods.
By Jeff Gellman of Solid K9 Training.
Real Dog Training by The Real Dog Trainer
I’ve always been amazed by the people who have nothing to offer except their own critical opinions. When someone is taking chances and making investments of time and energy to save dogs’ lives, only to be criticized by someone who isn’t actually out there rescuing and rehabilitating the same aggressive dogs, it is unfortunate. If any dog trainer out there disagrees with my training methods, despite the testimonials, happy dogs and positive outcomes I produce, then I have an open challenge for them: don’t just tell me; show me.
Show me how to train any dog with any behavior problem so he is balanced and calm. Show me you can take the dog anywhere at any time with you, including them in nearly any aspect of your life. If there’s anyone that can achieve the same quick results using different methods, then I’d be completely open to learning from them. However, if someone is not able to train the same dogs I get on a constant basis, then they certainly should not be criticizing me.
“Pure positive” dog training has hit the mainstream, and although there may be a few easygoing dogs that respond flawlessly to this method over time, the vast majority of dogs do not, or I would not be as successful as I’ve been over the past decade. If you use logic and common sense, this common approach is neither balanced, nor rational. Methods such as “time-outs”, ignoring bad behavior and even rewarding dogs after an immediate redirect is more of an injustice to a dog than a quick correction, leaving them confused and frustrated. I’ll also add, that most if not all of dogs in shelters do not have the time it will take to train them using the “pure positive” methods, so will most likely be killed as a result. In order to thrive and arrive at their full potential, dogs need to learn from their leader what is acceptable behavior and what is not through a clear and balanced approach.
All dogs big and small, young and old, gentle or aggressive need a leader in their lives in order to feel safe and secure. In order for dogs to see you as leader, they must have confidence in you in both providing structure, and making sound and timely decisions. In order to build a dog’s confidence in you, you must always have clear communication and give them direction. Show them with calm consistency what is wrong, what is right, and what to do next. It’s really that simple.
With that being said, anyone who disagrees with my approach should show me, rather than tell me that their methods are better. Every trainer is working toward the common goal of saving as many dogs as we can, and rather than taking the time to criticize, lets take the time to train each dog as efficiently as possible, so they can be on their way to their best life possible.
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