Fellow Creatures: Dog Training Methods and Animal Welfare

We know that aversive dog training methods have risks for dogs, but how do they measure up to models of animal welfare?

A woman sits on the floor and uses a treat to lure her Australian Shepherd into position
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By Zazie Todd PhD

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It’s a given that dog guardians love their dog and don’t want to cause them harm. Sadly, the use of aversive methods can inadvertently do so.

I've got a new post on my Fellow Creatures blog that looks at reward-based and aversive dog training methods through the lens of animal welfare, such as the Five Freedoms and the Five Domains. You can read it here: Bad dog, bad welfare? 

Zazie Todd, PhD, is the award-winning author of Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy and Purr: The Science of Making Your Cat Happy. She is the creator of the popular blog, Companion Animal Psychology, and also has a column at Psychology Today. Todd lives in Maple Ridge, BC, with her husband, one dog, and two cats. 

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