This essay is attached as a PDF file, 26pages.
The essay was originally written as part of a qualification in canine psychology. It reviews the main tenets of the modern versus traditional training philosophies, and briefly explores their scientific and historical groundings.
It highlights some of the acts most commonly interpreted to be related to dominance, and comparatively interprets them with the traditional and modern approaches.
A practical example of a frequent behaviour issue is presented, for which traditional and modern management methods are compared.
For the purpose of this essay, theories were classified as ‘modern’ or ‘traditional’ as follows.
- Focuses on the wolf pack analogy and dominance to explain canine acts; and
- Makes integral use of aversives, physical coercion and punishment for training and behaviour modification.
- When interpreting a canine behaviour, stresses the perspective that dogs are a species in their own right (i.e. not interpreting its behaviour through human or alleged wolf traits).
Ms Viselé concludes by discussing the controversy surrounding the absence of an industry standard with respect to dog training methods and the resultant diversity of training approaches used among dog training professionals.
Traditional vs modern dog training theories