I actually had listened to a program about the domestication of people...and it feels kinda skeevy to even think about what we do to animals, or children, just so that they fit in. And we don't think that we are harming them by shaming them and stuff....but we are.
[/quote]His methods...don't offer that guarantee, that safety net as such. While they are effective when used in an incredibly precise way, it's kind of like using a katana to slice vegetables, in many cases. The exception being aggressive dogs, as their trust level and sense of hierarchy no longer depends on cooperation but on survival instincts. Kind of like with criminals - either you have a firm hand or you get eaten alive. Only once you gain some of their trust through consistent, firm, yet fair leadership can you reincorporate the methods that they got desensitised to through fear and the subsequent shielding they do to keep all influences out.
But with normal people - and normal dogs...there is no need for that.[/quote]
I dunno. He seems like he talks about energy a lot. I get what you mean....about the aggressive dogs....but I have used some of his techniques...the right way...and it doesn't emotionally/mentally scar her (my dog). He teaches his stuff...in like a spiritual/neutral way...I mean..I think he even uses the word energy like at least every episode. lol That's why I just think that people misinterpret what he's saying.
Come to think of it...I didn't think he used negative reinforcement...Maybe I just haven't seen those episodes....?
I thought he just redirects energy and focus....can you explain maybe?
I think I understand what you are getting at here...but I mean...we call them pet owners for a reason. I think this is where dogs and cats differ the most I think. Dogs are a pack animal...they want to please the pack leader...that IS what's beneficial to them and that's why they consent. Cats....well...you know me and cats...lol...I still don't get them.The Chieftains power in the wrong hands...or even just in incompetent hands is..yeah - especially in the extreme way Cesar wields it. It is an antiquated way of working, to our modern view. And it does not foster cooperation out of the willingness to meet in the middle between the animal and human - it is firmly putting the human in charge and using their intelligence and understanding - in some cases ABUSING it, to use the dogs instincts and pack mentality against it in order to force it to do what you like. Aka, it does not get a choice. And that flies against what many animal trainers believe in - that animal training and animal-human cooperation should be a mutually beneficial and consensual situation.