What To Keep In Mind
The vast majority of information available on the web, in books, on podcasts, videos, and any other media is published by purely positive dog trainers. A google search on any dog training topic will typically yield these results in vast quantities, with the balanced approach being much more difficult to unearth—balanced meaning that both positive and negative consequences are issued when appropriate. There is a lot of valuable information in this content, but it is important to keep in mind that a purely positive approach will not always be enough to achieve the results we want (as it can only increase behaviors). In certain cases, it can even worsen the behavior we wish to stop. A good example of that would be redirecting a biting puppy to a toy or bone. In many cases, the toy or bone is reinforcing and the puppy will then bite more, yet this is the most common advice available to the public on the topic. There are four basic methods by which we can influence behavior and by excluding one or more of them, we hinder our ability to communicate with the dog to varying degrees depending on the particular dog. For this reason, I want to provide my own free content as well as reading suggestions that might help people who are struggling to find support and advice that has a balanced approach and that might be buried in the results of a typical Google search.
The Art of Raising a Puppy by The Monks of New Skete
How To Be Your Dog’s Best Friend by The Monks of New Skete
Canine Body Language: A Photographic Guide by Brenda Aloff
Cesar’s Way by Cesar Millan
Be The Pack Leader by Cesar Millan
The Good Dog Way: Love Them by Leading Them by Sean O’Shea