Have you ever considered that with every choice we make in life, we are participating in the very creation of what our life will be? This applies to our companion animals as well since we must make the choices for them every day they are with us.
Our Dogs Are The Choices We Make
We are always faced with choices, every day, all day, every month, every year. The choices we make for our Dogs (as well as for ourselves) are of vital importance as to what kind of physical and emotional health and life they will have.
We have choices as to: what to feed them, whether to vaccinate them or not, how to train them, how to interact with them, how to live with them. When we choose to bring an animal into our home and life, we are responsible for their very lives.
You, faithful readers know the choices I have made and continue to make on how I raise, work with and live with my own dogs – I choose to raise them as naturally as possible in this human world I have brought them into. I have chosen to have a true relationship with my companion animals. When it comes to “training” I have chosen cooperation instead of coercion and have found this approach to be the very best I can do with and for my dogs. We form a beautiful and solid bond by working with gentle, positive methods that bring about interaction and communication.
I recently came upon a blog post by Nicole Wilde that really resonated with me and I want to share it with you today:
We Are Our Choices
“What does “We are our choices” have to do with training and behavior? A lot. Just as in politics, it’s well known that there are two major schools of thought. The more traditional school is more focused on strict obedience, and leans more heavily on compulsion and corrections. Tools that are used may include choke chains, pinch collars, and shock collars. The more positive reinforcement oriented school focuses on how dogs think and learn, employs rewards such as treats, and eschews the formerly mentioned tools in favor of head halters, clickers, and more. Of course, this is an oversimplification. There are trainers in either school who are so much toward the extreme end of the curve that they give other trainers in that camp a bad name. And any tool can be used more or less harshly.” Please read the entire post HERE and while you are on her site, be sure to look around and read some of her other articles.