Monday, December 7, 2015
If You See Something, SAY Something! Positive Pet Training
Today I wanted to talk to you about something that is very important to me. You all know that I am big on Positive Reinforcement training, I truly believe that it is the best way to train our dogs. It makes me incredibly sad that there are still some trainers and owners out there that rely heavily on punishment based training techniques, some of which I consider to be abusive.
I think it's really important that if you see something that you should SAY something. I know that confrontation can be hard and it's not fun but it's important and it could save an animal's life. Force and punishment-based dog training methods have been shown to have detrimental and lasting effects on our canine pals, which can lead to aggression. So if I can save someone from going down that road by helping them, then I will. You might change that person and animal's life for the better, which makes the awkward conversation worth it.
I try to give back to the pet community by helping others. I'm active in many dog groups and I always try to make myself available to help anyone with training who asks. If I see abuse when I'm out, I try to talk to the owner about working with their dogs in a kinder way and in some (extreme) cases, I will end up reporting the abuse to the authorities. Most of the time, owners are just unaware of what they are doing and a lot of the time they are very receptive to being shown a better way. Most people don't get animals to abuse them, they just don't know any better or are having a bad day. Dogs can be frustrating sometimes! I'm sure everyone has been there at one point in their lives with their pets where they were frustrated, I know I have. Wouldn't it be great if you were upset to have someone say, hey can I help you out? Let me show you how you can work on fixing this.
Seeing something and saying something also goes for when you see something you like! Whenever I see someone with a well behaved dog, I make sure I compliment them. Don't forget to reinforce the good things you see, too! The other day I told someone how much I loved seeing her dog walking politely next to her on a harness. It's the little things you say that can really brighten someone's day!
I think we could definitely use some more kindness in this world and I'm always willing to help anyone with their pets!
How do you give back to the pet community?
Today we are joining the Positive Pet Training Blog Hop. This month's theme is "Giving Back" but any positive posts are welcome. Be sure to check out all the other posts and thanks to the hosts! :D