SCIENCE IS PURELY EXPERIMENTAL AS IS DOG TRAINING.
you hear it all the time, a trainer will tell you they use science based methods, that’s proven effective but here is the thing, it’s experimental methods. Now there is nothing wrong with that. Dog training is experimental.
Sometimes you encounter a dog that your usual methods and techniques just don’t work and then you have to get creative. You have to think outside the box, maybe do something you’ve never attempted before to help that dog and that’s the beauty of dog training. That’s science. Problem is, the trainers who bang on about science are not doing it properly, they are sticking to one manual or one txt book, one style, one method because they believe that’s what science is and that’s when dogs end up being failed.
If you look at it from a medical stand point with a human patient in a ER. Sometimes they come into the ER with some rare illness, very rarely is something like that diagnosed on the spot, sometimes they have to run test after test to get to the bottom of it, sometimes the medication used to treat certain illnesses don’t work and they have to think outside the box, sometimes you can’t stick to the txt book. The best doctors in the world are the best because they can think outside the box, they will experiment with alternative treatments and it’s not to dissimilar to dog training in that sense.
You can not rely on what you’ve been taught constantly, you can’t rely on what the latest science says or stick to one method constantly for every single dog, you sometimes have to step up and do something complete against the grain to help a dog even if that goes against everything you’ve been taught or read.
The best trainers in the world will do whatever it takes to help a dog and will not limit their tool box or style or methods to a one size fits all programme.
Science based dog training, we all do it, just some do it properly and just don’t throw the label out there to sound good when they’re not practicing it properly.
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