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  1. I have definitely learned my lesson on this one.

    I will stick completely to positive dog training methods on this website from now on, guest posts and comments as well as my own writing. They are what I believe in and know.

  2. I usually don’t post comments, but this “Alpha Dogging” has disturbed me. I am a clicker trainer at a “big box” pet store and I do a lot of volunteer (i.e., pro bono) dog training for rescue organizations in my area. What I know for sure is that violence begets violence. If you use aversive tactics with your dog, you are only teaching them how to use aversive tactics with you. Without a doubt you will end up with a dog that will only take being “attacked” by you for so long until he figures out that attacking you will end your absurd behavior. I have worked with many deaf dogs and have only used reward based training methods (the closest thing to “aversion” is a light touch on the hip to redirect attention). Working with a deaf dog lends itself greatly to hand signals and often in class drives home the point to handlers of hearing dogs that repetition of voice cues is unneccessary.

  3. I agree with you about the alpha roll and almost removed it from Kate’s post. Then I decided to leave it, since it was part and parcel of her approach. Thanks for commenting! By the way, if you ever do some writing that you would like to send me for a possible guest article, please do… my email is my first name at the name of this website. (No pay except the satisfaction of being read quite a lot of people.)

    Rosana

  4. I was a bit surprised today to find this website including the alpha dog roll as a training tip! It really doesn’t seem in line with the rest of your posts, which I typically agree with. Just to put up as a warning to those that may follow this little ‘tip’. PLEASE be very careful. The alpha dog roll can become a very dangerous position for the human as you must quickly and completely flip your dog, pin them to the ground and then place your face straight into their face. Knowing that dogs have teeth and know how to use them when they are feeling threatened, I would never place my face that close to a dog…especially while threatening them!!! The slightest mistake with the roll and now instead of your dog having learned not to do a certain behavior, you are on your way to the hospital and your dog is up and running around even more confused.

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