Polarized behavior modification is the tired belief that a dog is bad or good, dark or light, and the idea of socially acceptable and unacceptable behavior. The same mentality of raising our dogs with “good boy or bad boy reward and punishment” causes an interior split,
Every time you walk down the street, you’ll see at least one person being dragged by their dog. When the dog pulls, they pull back, and sometimes a full-on tug-of-war happens. It’s not a fun experience for either the dog or the person.
Unpleasant walks are one of the main reasons that people get a dog trainer, and many of my clients have a problem with it when they first hire me. Most trainers will tell you that it’s a reflex for a dog to pull on the leash, but the behavior goes much deeper than an involuntary response.
For those who are pro-e-collar,
Here is my challenge:
Use it on your spouse.
Explain to them what you're up to,
and instead of asking them to do something, use the "tool.”
At the end of the day, ask them how "free" they felt, how much trust they had in their decisions, and what they felt during the stimulus control.
If you don't like my association and comparison between humans and dogs, it's ok.
Just a heads up that all mammals are emotionally intelligent.