Dominance Training for Dogs-Positive Reinforcement for Dogs

What technique of training do you support – dominance training for dogs or positive reinforcement for dogs?

Dominance dog training is similar to the training recommended by the well-known trainer, Cesar Milan.  He says that dogs are descendants of wolves.  Wolves need a pack leader.  There must be a pack leader in the family that has a dog.  The key thing here is that the dog is to be shown that it is not the leader.

I have seen a lot of Cesar’s trainings.  At times, it seems that his training actually hurts the dog.  But this seems to be primarily used when the dog is extremely aggressive and the owners have given up in their attempt to control the dog.  Of course, each dog is different and requires different types of training.  Am I misstating Cesar’s form of training?  I would like your comments.

Positive reinforcement for dogs is far different.  In this type of training, the dog is rewarded for its good behavior, for the performance of a trick, or even the attempt to perform the trick.

So the relationship between the dog and owner in these two types of training is far different.  In dominance training, the relationship is between the owner (the leader) and the dog (the follower).

In positive reinforcement for dogs, there seems to be a less stressful relationship.  Since the dog is not disciplined in a hurtful sort of way, the relationship seems to be more trusting and loving.

The video below on You Tube is entitled, “Dominance Debunked – The Myths and Realities of Training Dogs.”  It discusses the two training methods:  dominance training for dogs and positive reinforcement for dogs.

Here is the video:

So I need your opinion.  Which type of dog training do you support?  There are many dog trainers who are strongly in favor of dominance training in dogs.  At the same time, many trainers disagree and favor positive reinforcement for dogs.

Please post any comments you have on this topic.  I thank you for your participation.

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