Most rational people will agree there is no such thing as magic.
In fact, magicians often refer to themselves as ๐’Š๐’๐’๐’–๐’”๐’Š๐’๐’๐’Š๐’”๐’•๐’”.
Well illusionists are busy in the dog training world too. ๐‘ป๐’“๐’š๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’•๐’ ๐’‡๐’๐’๐’ ๐’š๐’๐’– ๐’˜๐’Š๐’•๐’‰ ๐’‚๐’ ๐’Š๐’๐’๐’–๐’”๐’Š๐’๐’.
Here is an exampleโ€ฆ
Person who promotes themselves as an ethical, humane, modern, scientific dog trainer (๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘–๐‘  ๐‘–๐‘  ๐‘๐‘Ž๐‘™๐‘™๐‘’๐‘‘ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘š๐‘–๐‘ ๐‘‘๐‘–๐‘Ÿ๐‘’๐‘๐‘ก ๐‘œ๐‘“ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘ก๐‘Ÿ๐‘–๐‘๐‘˜) that wields a magic food treat at every dog and they all โ€œMagicallyโ€ behave perfectly.
They describe the balanced trainer as not understanding positive reinforcement or the four quadrants of operant conditioning, ๐’†๐’—๐’†๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’๐’–๐’ˆ๐’‰ ๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’” ๐’‘๐’†๐’“๐’”๐’๐’ ๐’„๐’๐’‚๐’Š๐’Ž๐’” ๐’•๐’ ๐’๐’๐’๐’š ๐’•๐’“๐’‚๐’Š๐’ ๐’Š๐’ ๐’๐’๐’† ๐’๐’–๐’• ๐’๐’‡ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’‡๐’๐’–๐’“, ๐’˜๐’‰๐’Š๐’„๐’‰ ๐’Š๐’” ๐’”๐’„๐’Š๐’†๐’๐’•๐’Š๐’‡๐’Š๐’„๐’‚๐’๐’๐’š ๐’Š๐’Ž๐’‘๐’๐’”๐’”๐’Š๐’ƒ๐’๐’† ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’‚ ๐’๐’Š๐’†, ๐’”๐’๐’“๐’“๐’š ๐’Š๐’๐’๐’–๐’”๐’Š๐’๐’.
Here is a quote.
โ€œ๐‘๐‘œ๐‘ค ๐‘™๐‘’๐‘ก’๐‘  ๐‘™๐‘œ๐‘œ๐‘˜ ๐‘“๐‘Ÿ๐‘œ๐‘š ๐‘Ž ๐‘Ÿ๐‘’๐‘ ๐‘๐‘œ๐‘›๐‘‘๐‘’๐‘›๐‘ก ๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ ๐‘๐‘™๐‘Ž๐‘ ๐‘ ๐‘–๐‘๐‘Ž๐‘™ ๐‘๐‘œ๐‘›๐‘‘๐‘–๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘œ๐‘›๐‘–๐‘›๐‘” ๐‘๐‘œ๐‘–๐‘›๐‘ก ๐‘œ๐‘“ ๐‘ฃ๐‘–๐‘’๐‘ค.
๐ธ๐‘ฃ๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘ฆ ๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘š๐‘’ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘ก ๐‘‘๐‘œ๐‘” ๐‘ ๐‘’๐‘’๐‘  ๐‘Ž ๐‘ ๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘š๐‘ข๐‘™๐‘ข๐‘ , โ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘ ๐‘œ ๐‘“๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ ๐‘™๐‘–๐‘˜๐‘’๐‘  ๐‘๐‘ข๐‘ก ๐‘›๐‘œ๐‘ค โ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘“๐‘’๐‘’๐‘™๐‘  ๐‘Ž ๐‘๐‘Ž๐‘–๐‘›๐‘“๐‘ข๐‘™ (๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ ๐‘Ž๐‘ก ๐‘™๐‘’๐‘Ž๐‘ ๐‘ก ๐‘ข๐‘›๐‘๐‘™๐‘’๐‘Ž๐‘ ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘ก) ๐‘ ๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘š๐‘ข๐‘™๐‘Ž๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘œ๐‘› ๐‘๐‘’๐‘๐‘Ž๐‘ข๐‘ ๐‘’ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘’ ๐‘–๐‘  ๐‘Ž ๐‘—๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘˜ ๐‘Ž๐‘ก ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘œ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’๐‘Ÿ ๐‘’๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘œ๐‘“ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘™๐‘’๐‘Ž๐‘ โ„Ž. ๐ผ ๐‘๐‘Ž๐‘› ๐‘Ž๐‘ ๐‘ ๐‘ข๐‘Ÿ๐‘’ ๐‘ฆ๐‘œ๐‘ข โ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘ค๐‘–๐‘™๐‘™ ๐‘โ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘”๐‘’ โ„Ž๐‘œ๐‘ค โ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘๐‘’๐‘–๐‘ฃ๐‘’๐‘  ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘ก ๐‘ ๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘š๐‘ข๐‘™๐‘ข๐‘ , ๐‘“๐‘Ÿ๐‘œ๐‘š ๐‘Ž ๐‘๐‘œ๐‘ ๐‘–๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘ฃ๐‘’ ๐‘Ž๐‘ ๐‘ ๐‘œ๐‘๐‘–๐‘Ž๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘œ๐‘› ๐‘ก๐‘œ ๐‘œ๐‘›๐‘’ ๐‘œ๐‘“ ๐‘“๐‘’๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ, ๐‘ข๐‘›๐‘๐‘™๐‘’๐‘Ž๐‘ ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘ก๐‘›๐‘’๐‘ ๐‘ , ๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘’๐‘Ž๐‘ก”
Firstly, if you are going to criticise someoneโ€™s training, ๐’˜๐’‰๐’Š๐’„๐’‰ ๐’Š๐’ ๐’Ž๐’š ๐’ƒ๐’๐’๐’Œ ๐’Ž๐’‚๐’Œ๐’†๐’” ๐’š๐’๐’– ๐’–๐’๐’†๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’„๐’‚๐’ ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’–๐’๐’‘๐’“๐’๐’‡๐’†๐’”๐’”๐’Š๐’๐’๐’‚๐’, at least know what they do.
If I was using a prong collar on a dog, I ๐—ฑ๐—ผ ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—ด ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฎ ๐˜€๐˜๐—ถ๐—บ๐˜‚๐—น๐˜‚๐˜€, I motivate the dog to the heel position with collar pressure and then reinforce that position, negative and positive reinforcement.
Now letโ€™s hear what the illusionist says they do:
โ€œ๐’˜๐’‰๐’†๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’…๐’๐’ˆ ๐’Š๐’” ๐’Š๐’ ๐’‰๐’†๐’†๐’ ๐’‘๐’๐’”๐’Š๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’, ๐‘ฐ ๐’‘๐’“๐’๐’—๐’Š๐’…๐’† ๐’‘๐’๐’”๐’Š๐’•๐’Š๐’—๐’† ๐’“๐’†๐’Š๐’๐’‡๐’๐’“๐’„๐’†๐’Ž๐’†๐’๐’•!โ€
Here is the part of the trick or magic of dog training you donโ€™t see.
The story actually goes:
โ€œ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐๐จ๐  ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ข๐ง ๐ก๐ž๐ž๐ฅ ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฌ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ˆ ๐š๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐๐ž๐ ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฉ๐ฎ๐ง๐ข๐ฌ๐ก๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญโ€
Now if youโ€™re not a dog trainer or across the four quadrants of operant conditioning, negative punishment is when you withhold or remove an expected reward.
๐‡๐จ๐ฐ ๐ฆ๐š๐ง๐ฒ โ€œ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฌโ€ ๐ญ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก?
Later in the same discussion, we can read that punishment creates aggression.
๐—ช๐—ฒ๐—น๐—น ๐—ด๐˜‚๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€ ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜, ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—–๐—”๐—ก ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ป.
๐‘พ๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’š ๐’…๐’๐’โ€™๐’• ๐’•๐’†๐’๐’ ๐’š๐’๐’– is that negative punishment, ๐‘ฆ๐‘œ๐‘ข ๐‘˜๐‘›๐‘œ๐‘ค ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘ž๐‘ข๐‘Ž๐‘‘๐‘Ÿ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘ก ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’๐‘ฆ ๐‘ ๐‘’๐‘๐‘Ÿ๐‘’๐‘ก๐‘™๐‘ฆ ๐‘ข๐‘ ๐‘’, ๐œ๐š๐ง ๐œ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐š๐ ๐ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ญ๐จ๐จ!
Resource guarding is a perfect example.
There is absolutely no need to be trying to create a divide in the training world, this post is about being truthful.
This confuses dog owners just looking for help.
Just be honest and transparent about what you can and canโ€™t do.
๐‘ฉ๐’–๐’• ๐’Š๐’‡ ๐’š๐’๐’– dont use that “magic of dog training” ๐’Ž๐’‚๐’ˆ๐’Š๐’„, ๐’•๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’˜๐’๐’–๐’๐’… ๐’ˆ๐’Š๐’—๐’† ๐’‚๐’˜๐’‚๐’š ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’Š๐’๐’๐’–๐’”๐’Š๐’๐’, ๐’“๐’Š๐’ˆ๐’‰๐’•?