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In 2008 I established Bully.dogs, after years of obedience training the Pit Bull breed and crossed "Pit Bull" dogs (Bullys). It was and still is a one-man mission to save the breed and its counterpart's lives through education and training.
Bully.dogs is a natural dog behavior modification program, specifically developed for the Pit Bull breed and pit mix dogs. An in-home, structured, behavioral training program for the human, tailored to the specific needs of their dog. Boarding and training are also available. (See Services Page)
What is Natural Animal Training?
Natural animal training is not dominant training but does stem from it. Natural animal training is based on how animals naturally learn, interact, and communicate with each other. In the past two decades, I've trained many APBT's and other breeds with lasting results.
By using components of different training methods such as Operant Conditioning, Positive Reinforcement, and my past trial and errors throughout my career. I've been able to develop a system that helps people naturally and respectfully train their animals and, in return, the animal respects the human...
First and foremost people need to comprehend that a canine is not a human... The Pet industry is a $72 billion-dollar monster that's expected to reach $202.6 billion by 2025. It wants you to believe that your dog is human, so you spend more money on your pets.
Yes, dogs are family and social creatures, but the combination of humanizing them and bad training methods impairs their well being as animals. Separation anxiety is one of the biggest behavioral issues in dogs and is largely caused by the way people interact with them and the use of 100% training methods that involve food.
Positive Reinforcement is just that training method. It's at the forefront of dog training because it uses the proposal that all dogs should be treated with respect. All animals should be treated with respect (even animals that we consume) but the method is being used at the expense of our dog's mental well-being.
Separation anxiety is very common and at times can be a more difficult behavior to correct than aggression. Separation anxiety is not a natural part of a dog's mental state and should be nonexistent. There seems to be a lot of how to fix it but never how to prevent it... The 100% use of positive reinforcement training can cause it or make it worse in some dogs.
Only in practice since the 90s. Positive reinforcement doesn't work with all dogs and can be short-term learning for some. Positive reinforcement may appear to work when a dog is offered a treat but unfortunately, that novelty fades away when a stronger stimulus is present in a real-world scenario, and at the end of the day, we're basically, just bribing our dogs. Praise should be used as positive reinforcement, not food...
I'm also guilty of using positive reinforcement 100% in past years with poor training results, especially when dealing with aggression. Positive reinforcement can also cause overweight problems in dogs that are not active and food aggression in others depending on the dynamics in the home. Dogs have been independent for thousands of years without our help and now we have developed issues that are abnormal to its natural course of nature.
Unfortunately, Positive reinforcement is popularized on TV and the internet by pseudo-intellectuals, trainers that don't train dogs without the use of food. They don't like to go out of the food comfort zone to use other training methods because it's easier to give dogs hand-over-fist treats and talk to it like its a human. All food does is show immediate, short-lived results...
Also, in nature, like the wolf, meals are few and far in between thus giving the dog a purpose in life to stay alive and rely on the way its pack mentality works. (Its natural animal structure)
Training is a process, that takes time and especially for a small-minded creature like the dog that can easily be bribed with food because it's connected to its survival instinct. Thus making it hard for trainers and behaviorists like myself to convince people that dogs are not humans and should only be trained with its natural animal learning system.
Again no training method should be used 100%... Genetically all dogs are the same but all have their distinctive personalities and are different learners with age and health being factors. The brain of a dog is the equivalent of a two-year-old toddler and are visual and physical learners that can easily be overstimulated with food and overly praised for everything resulting in poor training.
The dog training industry widely uses words like "Rehabilitation" and "Psychology" when training a dog, as if a dog is an addict or an alcoholic. The dog is only doing what nature has dictated it to do. Dogs need to be trained or retrained, it makes no sense that an animal would need to be rehabilitated when it's never been properly trained in the first place. Psychology for dogs? Dogs don't rationalize or have the same brain capacity that a human does.
Psychology should only be used on humans... Sure your dog can lay on the couch but would it be able to tell you its problems and have them be worked out through rationalization. Psychology is the scientific study of how humans behave, think, and feel. Dogs are a whole different species that we will never be able to know what their thought process is. We can only study it's behaviors and know that dogs use a hierarchy system "Mythology" if you will. Again catchy words that are used to make you think that your dog is human...
Are Dogs Wolves?
Although the domestic dog does contain grey wolf, it is not a direct descendant of the grey wolf but both do have the same ancestor the Megafauna that existed about 27,000 years ago. A great book on the subject is How The Dog Became The Dog From Wolves To Our Best Friends By Mark Derr. The domestic dog is now a sub-species of the Canis lupus (Wolf) "Canis lupus familiaris" but its hierarchy system remains in its genetics, a natural system of learning how to behave around other dogs.
A dog's hierarchy structure system makes it feel safe and confident and should always be used when training it. In 1947 a wolf study by Rudolph Schenkel found that there was no such thing as the 'Alphas" in packs of wolfs but what he called "Breeding pair or parents. In 1970 Dave Mech published a book The Wolf his finding where the same but now states that the tram "Alpha" is correct when describing a pack of the wolves from different assemblages what canines have now become.
Dogs can't process information as humans do, it needs to be trained as a dog (nature) would train it. Dogs need their information broken down the way it naturally communicates through body language, eye contact, hollow threats, and assertive correction. Dogs don't give dogs food or praise as a reward for good behavior. Its mindset is to hunt for resources (food & water) together and that means survival for the pack...
By using food all the time It breaks down a dog's natural interaction in the way it instinctually behaves. From day one, dogs learn from being corrected, not rewarded. Should dogs be rewarded? Absolutely! they should be rewarded with praise, affection, and the occasional treat. Thus making and keeping them a balanced animal...