Other experts say that making direct eye contact is a alpha behavior, and we certainly don't want to encourage that.
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There is actually a much better way to teach eye contact these days using clicker training - see my hub: https://hubpages.com/animals/Direct-eye-contact-wi...
Oh no, no, no....this alpha stuff is incorrect. See my hub: https://hubpages.com/animals/Direct-eye-contact-wi...
Dogs are not "pack animals" and you do not need to establish your "alpha" status - this is misinformation.
actually dubuque, dogs ARE pack animals. if they were not then dogs that have gone feral would not form packs, but they do. if you do not believe in being alpha you will be owned by your dogs.
tlmcgaa - you are wildly misinformed! Please get informed for the sake of any dogs you may encounter!
dubuque. i am not misinformed. i live in an area where dogs are allowed to roam free. both those who remain pets and those who go feral run in packs. i have never had a problem with training my dogs. being alpha does not mean being abusive.
You are misinformed. Period. Please see some of my hubs - I will be writing more.
i checked your hubs out. and your facebook page. you train your way i will train my way. my dogs are happy, well adjusted, free thinking animals, and that is because they have the security and authority they need from a pack leader.
Why do you insist in persisting in outdated and erroneous thinking? The idea of being an "alpha" is so wrong and so hazardous, but it gives some people like yourself a sense of control and authority I guess that they need.
perhaps this will clarify things for you...https://hubpages.com/animals/Using-The-Alpha-Metho...
Dubuquedogtrainer and tlmcgaa70, we've reached the point where it's necessary to agree to disagree. I encourage both of you to write hubs on positive reinforcement, "alpha-ness" and "pack animals," including clear definitions of these terms. Thanks.
I am a professional dog trainer. tlmcgaa is a pet owner who thinks she knows something about dogs, but is very misinformed. I'm opting out of this discussion but not because of your suggestion, Larry - btw, have you read any of my hubs or my bio?
I am also a dog trainer (I hold two certifications) and have to agree with Dubuquedogtrainer. Here are two articles that explain it all: http://lifeasahuman.com/2010/pets/dogs/the-myth-of...
Dubuquedogtrainer and alexadry, I respect your expert knowledge on dog training. However the dialog here is rapidly approaching the tomato-throwing stage. As a non-expert, I'll write a hub on some of the issues raised here. Thanks again.
Larry, I am sorry this turned into an argument. I have said all I needed to in the hub I wrote in response to this conversation. the link is in my last post above. i encourage dubuque to read it, since she insists everyone read hers. good day.
Read my answer in this hub....https://hubpages.com/animals/Direct-eye-contact-wi...
Alpha stuff is outdated information...see my hub: https://hubpages.com/animals/Direct-eye-contact-wi...
unquestioned loyalty and follows your ever order. exactly .Regardless what people may think if alpha theory is outdated it works and has worked for years.Just because its old doesnt mean it doesnt work