Did you know that an increasing number of Veterinarians are speaking out against using Dominance and Punishment based techniques?
Someone recently asked me my opinion of Cesar Milan, also known as “The Dog Whisperer.” I know that this is a controversial topic. He has a show on TV for Pete’s Sake. So often the logic goes, “He must be good. He gets results, right?”
Punishment, Negative Reinforcement, and Dominance based techniques are all too prevalent and widely accepted in this country, often without questioning! And now, finally, an increasing number of people are speaking out and giving their position in favor of Humane Treatment, Positive Reinforcement Training Methods with Animals.
Did you know that there is an article written by the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior stating their position against Punishment based animal training?
Did you know that the AVSAB also has a position article against Dominance Training?
HOORAY! is what I say. Finally some sense and a firm stance is arising from the ‘establishment’ in support of Humane Training Methods based in Positive Reinforcement rather than the use of dominance and punishment!!!
The American Veterinarian Society of Animal Behavior has a petition to Merial, a leading “Animal Wellness” corporation, about a proposed campaign to use the high profile celebrity Cesar Milan as their spokesperson. This means that Merial, the supposedly ‘Animal Wellness” proponents, support Cesar Milan’s Punishment based training methods in their advertising campaign for their parasite prevention products like Frontline and Heart Guard. Do you use these products? Do you support Humane Training Techniques for animals? Which do you want to support?
Did you read the AVSAB position on Punishment based training?
Or the AVSAB Position Article on Dominance? They write; “This statement has been developed for the purpose of clarifying how AVSAB views the theory of dominance relationships between animals. We also hope that it helps to dispel some myths that have recently become more prevalent among some who work in this field.” Click to view.
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Sandy Rakowitz of One Heart Healing Center for People & Animals. Sandy offers a professional perspective with 30+ years experience in the field of Animal Wellness! Sandy offers private sessions in person and via telephone with TTouch, Energy Healing Medicine, Animal Communication, Young Living Therapeutic Essential Oils for people and animals.