Dominance Theory In Dog Training: A Brief History
The concept of dominance was first introduced into dog training by John Petkoff in his book “Dog Training” (1956). The idea behind it is that some dogs are naturally dominant while others need to learn how to become more submissive. According to the theory, if a dog is trained with positive reinforcement, then he will eventually become submissive. If he is trained using negative reinforcement, then he will eventually become aggressive.
In order to understand why this works, let’s take a look at what happens when a dog is being rewarded or punished. When the owner rewards him with food or praise, the dog becomes excited and happy. However, if the owner punishes him by hitting him or throwing something else at him, the dog becomes angry and fearful.
What does all this mean?
It means that the dog feels like he is losing control over his life. His world has been turned upside down and now he fears for his safety. This fear causes him to act aggressively towards other animals and humans. Dogs have always had a strong sense of loyalty, but they were never taught how to behave in such a way as to make them afraid of their owners.
However, this is not the case when it comes to new dog owners. These people have already been taught by society that dogs are nothing more than property. It is a common belief that if you hit an animal, it will become submissive and do whatever you want. Even though this is not the case (I mean, look at Team America!), there are still people that use pain to train their pets.
This can eventually lead to an aggressive animal and an angry owner.
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