The Dominance Myth in Dog Training Explained

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45 Comments on “The Dominance Myth in Dog Training Explained”

  1. Awesome, informative video!! I feel like this quote sums up this video: “Leadership is the art of getting someone to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” -Dwight D. Eisenhower This can only be done by leading through Love and Patience not force.

  2. I don’t understand how people can look at my rescue dog who used to be shy, reactive and terrified of everything, and is now happy, confident, focused, and obedient, and tell me that positive reinforcement doesn’t work.

    1. Because some people are so attached to their precious Cesar Millan that they refuse to acknowledge the mountains of evidence presented to them that show the truth about him.

      It’s really difficult for people to admit that they’re wrong. Especially, about something they’ve believed for years.

    2. I tried positive reinforcement and all it did was make my dog fake good behavior to get treats or a toy, as soon as he ate it or got bored with the toy which usually takes half a minute he went right back to bad behavior. Now I give him a push against his neck while saying no and he stops the bad behavior. And give praise, a toy or treat when he is behaving right.

    3. @P!e Ofcourse, the point is not to hurt him, making him scared or showing I’m stronger. It’s just a slight push against the area where his neck meets his head to make his head go to a different direction to show I don’t like that. And when he stops and acts good I give him praise or a treat untill he understands what the correct way to get my attention is.

  3. This is first time I watch your video. I have never had dog before but I am my 2 sons 7 years and 10 years would love to have a dog. All the people around told me that is really diffcult since I am working woman… I found your video is so interesting that might give me the courage to keep a dog…I have watches 5 vidéos of yours just now.It is really gréât and you are doing really gréât job to help…really gréât. 

  4. Love your videos Zak.
    I have 3 golden retrievers and a Beagle (foster failure) lol. They are so smart and eager to learn. I’ve applied your techniques and got almost instant results.
    I started clicker training as well. My Golden’s thrive when being rewarded and not punished. I’m a firm believer in what you preach.. Keep up the great work 🙂 💜

  5. Hi Zak, just discovered your vids, awesome, congrats on putting together all this great, research-based, ethical information. You are doing a great service both for dogkind and mankind. THANK YOU.

    I am stunned by the inappropriate and even hateful comments on here, but I guess it is all part of the degradation of our culture. Just want to encourage you not to be discouraged. You Rock, and haters gonna hate. They deserve to be ignored. Keep on keeping on. I am contributing to your efforts, and it is a privilege to do so.

    1. Online culture encourages to live in a bubble and immediately ignore or invalidate the opinions or disagreements with others. Even when they do share the same qualifications or experience (dog training).

  6. I’m trying to teach a rescue dog to get his Canine Good Citizen certification so he’ll be much more adoptable. But I’m also trying to teach myself dog training to be able to train the dog. As for training me, I’m pretty much using the “Monkey See, Monkey Do” approach. Your great and informative videos I believe will prove very helpful. Thank you.

    1. I thought I was going mad. Didn’t just use the underside, fleshy bit of my thumb to get rid either. No, I got myself into such a state that I progressed to using my nail to get rid of “The Smudge”.

  7. I was watching the video and I was scratching on my screen because I thought it was something on my mine but it turned out to be the hold in the wall😂

  8. I loved this video, I been working with dogs for almost 10 years and I always try to explain why this type of training is so ineffective.

  9. Great job! and as a former military dog handler, I couldn’t agree with this “new” concept more – thanks for teaching an old dog new tricks

    1. @Galaxy Kitten Me too! New puppy is coming a couple of weeks (rescue coming up north from the south). I’ve been binge watching these videos in order!!! Only 7 years of videos to go

  10. I’ve never understood why people like the “I’m the alpha you must listen to me or I’ll make you so uncomfortable and hurt you” mentality over the “ if you do what I want you will get what you want which is food treats or play” mentality

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