S.S. June 15 at 12:15am
I refuse to give out personal information beyond this for privacy reasons, but I would be more than happy to speak with you here.
You have to understand that your actions (deleting Facebook groups, YouTube videos, et cetera) are all I have to go by. I did not create the group which called you a "jerk," and can see why you might be offended by such a statement. In fact, I joined that group because it seemed to be the most popular, without any regard as to what it was called.
Perhaps I should clarify my position: I have no idea who you are as a person, nor do I care, nor will I make any judgements about you personally. If I have done so, I do apologize.
But, at the same time, from what I've seen of your dog training methods, I am thoroughly unimpressed. I WILL make judgements about your training methods.
Just as you feel it is rude for people to call you names, I feel it is rude for you to make assumptions about training techniques that differ from your own. You speak so often of people "bribing" their dogs with treats, for example. Well, I consider myself a proficient trainer who does happen to use reward-based methods. I take it personally. For you to basically denounce all "treat-trainers" as permissive and inefficient, you reveal a serious lack of knowledge in that area. You attempt to take away from the accomplishments of people like me, who have used such methods to not only train their dogs, but also help manage their dogs' behavior issues. My dog was a rescue from Georgia who used to flee at the sight of a plastic bag blowing in the wind. She now is titled in two different performance sports and training at a very high level.
You talk about dogs getting fat, aggressive, and demanding, by using treats. You do not acknowledge that self-control must be taught to dogs who are trained using rewards, nor do you acknowledge that low-fat, tiny food rewards are perfectly acceptable. Sometimes, I even use kibble. Despite my use of treats, my dog is at a low-normal body weight (for the sake of her agility career), is well-behaved, and does not require the use of constant treats now that the behaviors have been reinforced. If you are all about "natural" dog training, why not make use of the natural, symbiotic relationship by which dogs came to humans originally? We provide them food, shelter; they provide us companionship, protection, among many other things.
I have said before in public forums that I do not have any qualms with correction-based training so long as the trainer understands the science behind the methods and is fair with their corrections. So far, I will honestly say that you have not convinced me that you possess either of these. Perhaps you can explain otherwise to me.
I can continue highlighting the inaccuracies that I've heard you say regarding reward-based training, among other things, but I'm not sure how far this is going to get me. So, I suppose that all I can say is that my initial questions still stand:
- Why are you so afraid of those who train differently from you and those who publicly express their dislike of your methods?
- Why do you make no mention of the proven principles of classical and operant conditioning when you talk about your methodologies in dog training?