Renowned Dog Trainer Victoria Stilwell: TRAIN YOUR DOG POSITIVELY!

Train-Your-Dog-Positively-Victoria StilwellHas anyone ever told you that if your dog goes through an open door ahead of you it’s a sign that he’s asserting his dominance? Or if a dog walks in front of you or pulls on a leash he is doing so because he wants to be pack leader? What about lying on a sofa, sleeping in your bed, or growling at you as you take his bone away? Are these really all signs of an intense struggle between man and dog over status in the household? Is everything dogs think, feel, and do the result of an unmitigated desire to dominate us and everything else in their quest to become top dog?

Concepts like these have been pounded into our public consciousness for decades, leading people to believe that any type of misbehavior by their dogs is a byproduct of an innate, instinctive desire to be dominant over everything and everyone—especially humans. This assumption forms the foundation of traditional dog training ideology, despite advances in modern behavioral science that prove unequivocally that such so-called “dominance theory” is virtually useless in terms of understanding canine behavior. Indeed, most of the information still available to the general public continues to promote and endorse solutions to a dominance problem that doesn’t really exist—at least not in the way some might think it does…

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