The Pet Professional Guild

Position Statement: The Reality of TV Dog Training

Position Statement

The Reality of TV Dog Training

PPG POSITIONS, STATEMENTS AND OPEN LETTERS ARE

“INFORMED BY SCIENCE, GUIDED BY EMPATHY AND GOVERNED BY ETHICS” ™

In recent years, much creditable scientific study has been given to dog training and behavior modification methods and their respective efficacy and consequences. The preponderance of the evidence shown by these studies indicates that the implementation of training and/or behavior modification protocols predicated upon outdated “dominance theory” and social structures (“alpha,” or “pack leader”), usage of physical or mental force, intimidation, coercion or fear are empirically less effective and often create as a consequence “fallout” behaviors, such as fear, aggression, global suppression of behavior, or total shutdown – behaviors which may be dangerous to the human and animal involved.

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