Excerpt: Why then would we, as a dog loving community, risk the quick fix of aversive method training when PhD animal behaviorists and veterinarians all over the world warn us time and time again that it is ultimately so dangerous for our beloved dogs. Are our dogs’ mental, physical, and emotion health not important enough to us to take the time to apply healthy and effective methods? Are we so fixated on a quick miracle solution that we are willing to go against the current scientific findings simply to produce results?
My fellow dog lovers, I plead with you to make this your 2015 resolution: I resolve to denounce the quick fix and promote the long-term health of both my dog and myself this year. I will work hard, practice daily, redirect mistakes, and reward successes until I reach my goal.