Respect vs. Reward? Why Treats Are NOT Bribery

We’re doing something a little different for this blog post. We have a lot to say about this topic, but it’s all been said pretty well by the article linked below.

However, this article uses some harsh language and could be taken the wrong way, so we ask that you please read our preface below before you dive in. Remember that you can always contact us if you wish to know more (or just want to hear our personal opinions on the matter).

DogBoy’s Is Passionate About Positive Reward-Based Training

Unfortunately, our passion can sometimes get us into trouble. We find ourselves walking through dog parks and watching people using choke chains, pinch collars, or prong collars on their dogs and it riles us up! It makes us sad for the poor dog and angry at the dog owner because we think that they should know better by now.

However, to be honest, not everyone who uses these methods actually understands the mental and physical damage that they’re inflicting on their dogs. Some of them have even paid good money to a “well respected” trainer who has told them to use those methods, and the sad truth is that those methods do work. They just work for the wrong reasons.

These dog training methods are effective because the dog is scared of being hurt by you instead of being excited and happy to please you. They create obedience from fear and trade a loving relationship for a dominating one…

Is that really what people want for their dogs? We certainly don’t think so.

Ignorance And Misleading Information Has Created The “Treats Are Bribes” Mindset

With that being said, please know that even though we completely agree with this article, (and I kind of love the general overall message here) we don’t want everyone who uses these methods to assume that we think they’re horrible, stupid, or anything like that.

So many people are simply misled by so-called “authorities” (we all know who I’m talking about). Tons of dogs are needlessly subjected to abuse and punishment by otherwise loving and caring owners because they just don’t know any better.That’s why we felt the need to share this on our blog and get the word out: Treats Aren’t Bribes. Enjoy the article!

Read the Article:

An Open Letter to Owners Who Think Treats are Bribery

By |2017-05-05T17:53:57+00:00June 17th, 2016|dog care, dog health, Dog Training|1 Comment

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