Numerous dog owners frequently resort to using tools like crates, gentle leaders, and no-pull harnesses, or tactics such as distracting their dog with treats, to manage bad habits. However, these methods fail to address the underlying issue and effectively conceal it. The dog never learns that there are consequences for their actions, and as a result, they don’t understand that their behavior is viewed as undesirable by their human parent.
As widely acknowledged in the field of child psychology, and as parents of human kids can attest, implementing clear rules and boundaries via an authoritative parenting approach is crucial for nurturing secure emotional attachments, emotional regulation, and enthusiasm for learning. In our experience, the same is true for dogs.
Nonetheless, this message seems to elude many dog parents. Professionals within the dog training world often advocate for an exclusively positive reinforcement approach, which falls short in both preventing the emergence of and addressing problematic behaviors. We hope to change that.