THE IMMEDIATE RESULT IN CANINE EDUCATION: UTOPIA OR DANGEROUS REALITY

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In dog training, the immediate result is often synonymous with success.

We currently live in a world of appearances and judgment in which things must move quickly and always be done well.

The dog (or any other human or animal living being) is endowed with feelings and emotions. This means that the pace of learning will largely depend on him.

education, canine education, dog, result, animals

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I’ve always been bad at science. Even if some professors managed not to make me feel too much like a nobody in front of a spreadsheet, it was never my cup of tea, you will understand. The dog: it’s all the same, he has the right to be more or less comfortable depending on the discipline and the exercise required.

The pressure that we put on ourselves for fear of appearing “null”, “judged”, “without control”, “incompetent” is enormous. And this one risks having repercussions on the dog who did not ask for anything.

THE IMMEDIATE RESULT IN CANINE EDUCATION: UTOPIA OR DANGEROUS REALITY?
THE IMMEDIATE RESULT IN CANINE EDUCATION: UTOPIA OR DANGEROUS REALITY?
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INHIBITION OR LEARNED IMPOTENCE IN THE DOG

In the belief of many, the fact that the dog no longer reacts at all is a sign of success, that the problem is solved.

I have several phobias, which I won’t mention, because I don’t want people sending me simple photos that would trigger anxiety attacks.

So imagine if I have to face my biggest fear? How will I react? I risk crying, calling for help and being in intense panic.

If I don’t have an answer, I risk doing nothing more because my calls for help will have been in vain…

I will no longer react, but my fear will be present, still just as violent.

This is called immersion.

“Put your dog in the car to eat so he gets used to it. »

“Take him downtown if he’s scared of humans.” »

“Put him in the middle of 10 dogs if he’s aggressive. »

And we wait for him to stop reacting. At all.

It’s a technique like any other, but which is extremely violent psychologically in my eyes because the dog will surely howl, urinate on it, pull, bite, but in vain. And he will stop reacting by physical/mental fatigue, and by non-response to his cries for help. Problem fixed ? Apparently, yes. But basically? No.

THE IMMEDIATE RESULT IN CANINE EDUCATION: UTOPIA OR DANGEROUS REALITY?
THE IMMEDIATE RESULT IN CANINE EDUCATION: UTOPIA OR DANGEROUS REALITY?
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LEARNED DISTRESS IN THE DOG

He will therefore be in acquired distress, he physically stops struggling, the body lets go, like a depression, the dog no longer thinks, no longer reacts. He is absent, and it is very practical because he no longer says anything.

Learned helplessness highlighted in Seligman’s experiment: Seligman tried his experiment on dogs that had previously been placed in cages whose floor could emit electric shocks.

One of these cages had a lever that had to be operated to allow the opening of said cage and the second cage was also accompanied by a lever, but which did not allow any opening.

The dog placed in the cage where there was no possibility for him to get out finally ended up lying down and accepting his fate.

Then, the dogs were placed in a second cage where a small low wall separated two parts, one part of which consisted of a floor which emitted electric shocks and the other was not.

Seligman then observed that the dog which had previously succeeded in having an action to get out of the first situation had the behavior of jumping to the other side of the cage and getting to safety. While the other dog in this same environment did nothing to take any action whatsoever and therefore remained prostrate in shock.

This is how Seligman explained that learned helplessness corresponds to an individual’s inability to escape an aversive situation even when he has the possibility. And this is how coercive methods can provoke.” Written by Chloé Fesch.

The risk, beyond dubious ethics if you want the well-being of your dog, is that the dog will overcome this depressive state after a certain time and… the behavior will be worse because the previous experiences will have been terrible for him. .

THE IMMEDIATE RESULT IN CANINE EDUCATION: UTOPIA OR DANGEROUS REALITY?
THE IMMEDIATE RESULT IN CANINE EDUCATION: UTOPIA OR DANGEROUS REALITY?
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HOW TO REACT AND HOW TO WORK IF WE SEARCHHE THE WELL-BEING OF HIS DOG

The dog will have 3 reactions to fear/stress:

– Freeze: to FREEZE

– Flight: FLEE

– Fight: FIGHT

It’s about instinct.

The dog no longer has the notion of reflection when he is in this state.

It is also in the face of these behaviors that we are going to put pretty labels on Titou:

– He is aggressive if he attacks

– He’s stupid if he doesn’t move

– He has understood and the education is successful if he no longer reacts

I don’t work like that. I have too much empathy and respect for that.

We will therefore briefly discuss the notion of comfort zones during training.

Imagine 3 color zones: green, orange and red. The ideal being to work in the green zone, at the limit of orange.

In an area where the dog is in slight discomfort but able to be connected, and therefore able to work to arrive or stay in its green comfort zone.

He will therefore succeed in learning, gaining confidence in his environment, in himself and in his owner.
Work can therefore progress more quickly and efficiently.

In red, the brain is completely blocked and the dog cannot do anything because he is hypervigilant, too stressed, etc.

It is not a failure if it happens punctually!

It is up to us to lower our standards in order to remain in a process of success.

At school, if you never pass an exercise and you were scolded on top of that, you lost confidence in yourself, in your teacher, were you frustrated and bad about yourself? And it didn’t make me want to do it again the next day.

The dog works exactly the same way. We might as well work together by encouraging and motivating him rather than the other way around!

Certainly, the results will be longer, but they will be more stable.

Instead of focusing on the ever faster and perfect result, wouldn’t it be better to observe the road traveled and the progress already made?



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