December 7, 2023

In an attempt to explain why many of the pet training beliefs I listed last week are unhelpful, harmful and sometimes abusive, I will address the root cause of most of those beliefs: dominance theory.

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LINDSAY WALSH, a certified dog behavior consultant through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, owns Courteous Canines Inc. in Drums. She writes a weekly blog about how to strengthen the relationship between pets and their owners. Contact her at [email protected].