Humans have so many different opinions when it comes to training animals. There is what is known as the old school training and this is usually based on the idea that we are the superior being and animals had better do as we command or there will be trouble.
Then we have the I love my animal so much that it does not matter what they do, even when the animal is showing very disturbing behaviour.
Of courses there are many stages between the two, so what is the right balance? Where can we find the place where both the animal and the human are happy and well behaved?
Let have a look at these two ways and see what is happening for the animal on an emotional level.
This hard approach has the animal responding through a fear aspect. They will do what is being asked in the fear of the consequence of not doing it. You can clearly see this in the repressed overly submissive behaviour.
When we train horses in this way they are not relaxed and their movement is jumpy, there minds are far too busy thinking of what might go wrong to be able to full concentrate on what is being asked.
Now lets look at the opposite, here is an animal with way too much responsibility. The person is not teaching the animal and this produces a lack of confidence. Dogs with no guidance can become fearful and even over protective. In extreme cases they resort to aggression because they literally don’t know any other way forward.
The same thing is happening in both cases the mind of the animal is too fast and this produces excess levels of emotion.
Have a look at the video below which uses a method based on building trust between an animal and a human. Creating a relationship by helping them to find peace of mind.
There is a balance that is very special and this can be created through trust. Then clearly there is no place for old dominant behaviour from the human. Why would there be any need if both the human and animal had this strength of relationship.
When you have the trust of your animal it naturally listens to you and will come to you for guidance because you are trust worthy!
Animal training is making a huge shift forward by a small majority of dog trainers and horses trainers that are here to show another way. It is not the animals that need to change, it is us!