There are so many different approaches when it comes to training animals. The old school way, this is through the feeling of we are more superior and is based on dominance. The animal had better do what it is told!
Then we have the I will let my dog or horse do as he or she pleases and its OK if they misbehave because I love them so much.
What happens between these two examples is what makes up the many training methods out there. So what is the right approach that suits both the animals and the humans needs?
Let have a look at these two ways and see what is happening for the animal on an emotional level.
The hard approach is similar to a child who is doing what they are told in the fear of the consequence. This child can be very submissive and show insincere behaviours, finding it hard to express them selves and shows emotional sensitivity.
We can see this with horse training, this type of horse is not relaxed in its work and has jumpy movements. Basically their mind is so busy wondering what is going to happen that they find it hard to be present enough to really hear what is being asked.
The other end of the scale is also suffering. With the animal not having any direction shown to them by the human they have to take the responsibility for them selves. When they can’t cope with these situations they end up loosing confidence and trust. For example a dog can become over protective and aggressive.
This animal is also racing in their minds producing too much emotion to find their own confidence.
Below is a video showing a balanced way to help animals find peace of mind. This creates trust between the animal and the human and develops a meaningful relationship.
The special balance needed between an animal and a human is developed through trust. Then the dominant ways are completely pointless as there is a far stronger relationship. This moves the focus from telling the animal to truly teaching the animal.
When you are trust worthy in the eyes of your animal then they naturally listen to you for guidance and are ready to learn.
The world of animal training is changing as more people discover much more efficient and rewarding ways in working with animals. It is not the animals who need or are going to change this it is us!