So here I am, wondering why anyone would read my blog as any dog owner must already know about operant conditioning, the importance of positive stimuli in learning, how dogs’ senses and their perception of the world are different from ours and how science helps us work with all types of dogs, even the reactive, fearful or aggressive ones. I was sure nobody thought violence can make a dog obedient and that it’s been proven aggression can only cause aggression. I thought I was just showing that rescues are trainable and that they make wonderful pets. The days of people shouting at their dogs, slapping them, doing the idiotic ‘alpha rolls’ and other old-wives’-tales based ridiculous performances are long gone.
As you can guess, I’m upset. I’ve just witnessed a father calling his around 5 year-old son ‘a fucking idiot’. Having shaken and slapped him first. With all the shouting and swearing worth a cheap reality show.
If children are abused, what chance does a dog have?
When you see someone hurting someone else stop and do something. Phone the police if your safety might be at risk. Though sometimes it’s enough to say: ‘could you please stop doing that’ in a quiet voice. Don’t waste your time hating the abuser, just help the victim.