Bonkers and Bad Attitude in Dog Training (K9-1.com)

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Attitude influences habits. This is social psychology 101. Perhaps the focus on pet training criteria need to first get on recognizing canine actions and also the role our attitude will certainly play in training them. When we have respect for the dog everything else forms. Right here is a video clip rant regarding bonkers, hitting pets, hanging pet dogs, and also calling them names. No matter that the canine does not know just what we are saying, what matters is that we start to believe just what we are calling them. This specific video clip is committed to a canine named "priceless" I abused during training in 1998. She influenced me to find other methods. If you believe this video clip is relevant for various other fitness instructors to see, I risk you to share. Thank you.

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26 Comments on “Bonkers and Bad Attitude in Dog Training (K9-1.com)”

  1. I am not even 8 minutes in and I feel sick, this makes me so sad and angry at the same time.  The horrors people inflict on animals is beyond belief.  I don’t know if I want to educate these people, or just hurt them.

  2. If I ever scene someone hitting a Dog Or a Cat, They would have to deal with me personally!! Oh! Did I mention that I am a Black-Belt!!

  3. Cowardly and cruel. A dog only ever does what comes naturally to it. Its the owner/trainer who needs to teach the dog what is acceptable behaviour. Not through punishment but through reward. Whether this hurts the dog or not its not right for the dog to do what you want it to through fear, the dog should do what your asking because it wants to, because it knows theres a reward at the end of it. I cant even watch this, it breaks my heart.

  4. I think you may have overstated the problem with calling your dog names. Not wrong, but overstating. The problem is lack of respect for the animal. If you like and respect a dog, you will communicate that to him and the words you use won’t matter.

    I recently lost a Golden I trained as a hunting retriever. I didn’t get to do so much hunting with him so I ended up spending a lot of time working obedience with the dog. 99% of his mistakes came out of trying too hard and anticipating commands. The dog could read me like an X-ray so he was correctly anticipating my commands the vast majority of the time. He was a great dog.

    I had a slew of disrespectful nicknames for him but he knew he was valued. It’s like when my best friend from junior high (50+ years) calls me on the phone and the conversation starts off like: “What’s up dickhead?” “Oh, nothing much. You still giving free blowjobs at the rest stop on the interstate?” Two women would be telling each other how much they miss each other. My buddy doesn’t really think I’m a dickhead, and I’m pretty sure he charges for blowjobs.

  5. The bonker is a horrible training technique and Gary Wilkes is a horrible trainer. There is nothing good about the bonker. Poor training and a poor training method.

  6. I am a behaviourist and this is just horrid . Please take this video off its terrible I never hit a dog in my life and just had one that was a horrid aggressive dog to a loving sweet girl and not once have I hit her this is so worrying

    1. Why should this video be taken down? Yes some of the clips are heartbreaking. It highlights how bad and cruel some methods and trainers are. It’s has a very crucial educational point.

    2. Jennifer J I tell you why because some sick twats get a kick out of it that’s why . Any trainer that uses some of theses methods should never be in the job

  7. training a dog shouldn’t involve hitting the dog with this “bonker” or whatever, lol, get an e collar! do SOMETHING else besides this, golly jeez man, lol hitting a dog isn’t training

  8. Just bought a German Shepherd who is now 11 weeks old. I saw many training videos that referred to using the “Bonk” method as a tool for almost any undesirable behavior. I tried it for a couple days knowing the puppy was just being a puppy. It not only didn’t work it brought out an aggressive side of him and made the behavior worse. I don”t know if over time it would work because I couldn’t justify treating him like that to myself, even though I wasn’t hitting him hard really I was hitting him and as his owner I have a responsibility to learn more and find a method that addresses the behavior.

  9. A rolled up bath towel is not a wooden cane so stop trying to convey that message. With a prey driven dog, like my Malinios, you need to use discipline in the training or your dog is going to chase a squirrel into the street and be killed by a car. I’d much rather bonk him. Just like children, dog’s need structure and discipline to thrive,

    1. If bonking a malinois works as a discipline than it probably isn’t a real malinois. I train them for real work and am not against discipline, but if you ever get one to respond to bonking you probably ruined it as a police dog or anything else it is supposed to do.

  10. It’s a SOFT TOWEL people. It is not even in the same realm as hitting the dog with a wooden club, so that’s an absurd comparison and not even relevant. I had adopted a 5 year old Aussie who WAS extremely reactive (and my nephew was bitten by a reactive Aussie so this is not something to take lightly). My kids and my wife couldn’t walk this dog, and people crossed to the other side of the street. I worked with this dog every day for 6 weeks with the all positive / no correction approach because I found it compelling and I wanted it to work. It didn’t. Redirect, refocus, reward, and I got limited success. Did nothing when a level 10 stimulus (or several at once) were present. I was literally about 1 week away from giving up and taking him back for this unmanageable condition, when I added correction. Reactivity gone. Now redirect, refocus, reward works great to reinforce his calm behavior. So for those of you criticizing the use of a soft towel to stop a dog’s arousal so you can get back to the real positive training, tell me…which is more humane? Bonk a dog with a soft cotton towel, or let the dog injure someone and have it euthanized? Personal injury and a dog put down for lack of a simple correction. Simple math for me. Anyone realize how many dogs go through shelters and get euthanized every year for bad behaviors? We now get to keep my dog instead of sending him back to who knows where and what end. And though he now respects my strategic use of the word “no”, he is far from an abused or even subdued animal – he’s very happy and calm on walks, and happy in our home cuddling or playing. The all positive stuff the behavioral scientists love is based on BF Skinner’s work with grazing animals – rats and pigeons. A dog is a predator, so all positive cannot overcome some of their instincts. Even BF Skinner’s student Breland realized the the failures of his teacher’s conclusions when dealing with predatory animals. Don’t just judge before you’ve been through the wringer with a reactive dog and tried exhaustively to get the behavioral science approach to work. It just doesn’t. It’s inadequate to get through to a reactive dog in all scenarios. Don’t criticize before you read the following articulate defense of the bonker.
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