“The desire to be accepted and embraced by our ‘group’ leads us to except long-standing and outdated doctrine because questioning that doctrine is not accepted by our ‘group’.”
“Question experience. Doing something poorly for decades only makes you a master at doing something poorly.”
“As humans we tend to make decisions and then look for information that affirms or confirms what we want to believe. That cripples our ability to make truly balanced and informed choices.”
“Results don’t validate your training program, how you get your results validates your training program.”
“1960 called and it wants its training method back.”
“We can’t continue to train dogs the way so many are and continue to claim the reverence for them that we do.”
"Anyone that tells you a remote electric training collar is the cause of problems needs to understand that it is the manner they use the collar that is causing problems, not the collar itself.”
“When you see a different idea or method, really step back and try to analyze whether it’s truly a better way or just another way. There are countless ways to do things; I can get to the local supermarket by traveling in the opposite direction until I circumnavigate the globe and I will end up at the supermarket. Different ways aren’t necessarily optimal ways, and the dog training world is full of different ways.”
Using operant conditioning, marking, rewards of various types, and minimizing the traditional reliance on compulsion, he believes dogs learn faster, retain better, and thus excel in the field.
In this episode Alec and I chat about old ways of thinking about training, new ways of thinking about training, e-collar's, science and more.
Discussing Alec’s Alternative Method for Training Bird Dogs.
Metacognition & Bird Breath
“My job is to have you understand the WHY of things. That way, you’ll arrive at the right decisions, decisions entirely based on our past conversations. If you don’t see it in your heart and mind, you won’t carry out correctly any one of our Targeted Learning Objectives”
“You may have great behaviors from your pet at the beginning and then everything comes apart. Don’t panic. I can assure you were well behaved when you were 8, but perhaps did not behave the same when you were 18. At least I didn’t”
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