Why Don't Force Free or positive dog only training mention obedience
- It can be agreed upon that force free trainers do not believe it is ethical to train dog’s in obedience and it is also scientifically accurate that the “force free” training does not employ techniques to teach the dog a consequence for “not obeying”.
- Trainers are being discriminated against that are educated in the same principles of positive reinforcement based training, but also have additional education to ethically and safely train obedience.
- In some cased “force free” trainers use more “force” than ethical dog trainers, because they did not study the proper use of training tools and often choose more aversive options based simply on the look or name of the tool.
Obedience – compliance with an order, request, or law or submission to another’s authority. Synonyms: compliance, conformity, submission, subordination
So called force free positive only
Force Free and purely positive is false advertising
Nobody (reasonable folks anyhow) wants to hurt their dog. So, typically, when a trainer says they do not use force and never do anything bad or negative to the dog, it sounds good. It is what people like and want to hear. I seriously applaud the notion of not using force and not using negative or (what scientists call) “aversive” events in training. On the other hand, there are both pleasant as well as aversive events in the world and we learn from both whether we like it or not. Thus, in training my own dogs, I try to achieve a balance. I strongly emphasize the use of the good stuff and use the aversive stuff in a more targeted way to decrease specific undesirable behaviors because science shows it to be the most effective way to do so. I should note that when I say, “science shows“, I am referring to a whole body of literature and not just a few cherry-picked studies..