I was attacked! It came from out of nowhere as attacks tend to. I suppose the attacker has to rely on the intensity and surprise of the attack in an attempt to get the upper hand in the situation.
I was attacked by a person who has never met me before and has little to no knowledge of who I am or what I do (my work with dogs) yet they went on an extreme, vitriol-filled rant (from behind the safety of a computer screen) to the point of attacking my business, my credentials, my professionalism, and then posting fake reviews of my services and getting their two or three friends to post fake reviews too! Apparently they think libel and defamation are OK.
And get this….the attacks came from alleged “Positive” people that use or believe so rigidly and so vehemently in their “positive only” approaches to dog training – basically “positive only” means the feeding of treats, praise, petting and the usual pumping up of the dog’s excitement in a large majority of circumstances any time the dog behaves appropriately – they believe so strongly (or blindly) that they pre-judged me and my natural CALMING and Socializing methods (which I have learned from observing how older, calm and social dogs deal with things.) They went to every known website I have and gave horrible reviews of my services although I don’t know them from Adam and have never even worked with their dogs. In fact they live clear across the country and in other nations!
How much of a waste of energy for them and how telling of their personality and character (or lack thereof) and how hypocritical! Allegedly acting positive towards dogs while personally attacking humans?
I take it as a compliment. Revolutionaries are seldom welcomed into social circles in society with open arms. And my aim is to revolutionize the “dog training world” with better, calmer, more social methods using less bribery, and or, less harshness. This person threw around the word “Science” and “Scientifically proven” and proceeded to give links to how dolphins, hyenas, etc can be trained using treats – like anyone doesn’t already know that!? The point is…dogs live closer to us than any other creature on earth, they are domesticated and why would I want to treat them like some dolphin that is now in captivity? Dog deserve more credit than that. We should be able to calmly disagree with them just like we can our own children – for their benefit! Remember, the best scientific minds of centuries past all believed the earth was flat and they would practically burn heretics at the stake for suggesting otherwise!
True science is about actual exploration, boldness, and discovery, and the main rule is to attempt to study the subject without our human biases and understanding. No anthropomorphising! Instead we should be reaching for new levels of understanding through the experiences and true observation. The opposite of real science is Googling something on the internet and suddenly your an expert on the right way to dog train or just going with what is the large popular opinion. There is nothing so free in this world as people’s opinions.
My testimonials speak much louder to my credentials, services, and character than I ever could…for more info go to http://www.gstevensdogtrainer.com
Ask yourself why would so many, many other pet professionals (dog daycare owners, kennels, vets, groomers) highly recommend me and my services if I was not the absolute best? If you search for trainers you can find them under every rock… but why do pet professionals who work with hundreds/thousands of dogs and people almost every day…why do they recommend me again and again? Because of the amazing results that calmness and social behavior can bring to the table. It is far beyond bribing with treats or (on the opposite end) old-school harsh corrections.
Listen up – Dog trainers, dog behaviorists, dog whisperers, vets, groomers, daycare owners, etc……………………………….There is a huge gap in the “dog training world” today and simple internet searches will testify to this fact. On one side there are the “Positive” method only group – who seem to really flip out with aggression and anger to anyone who does not agree with them! I’m talking about many Entire websites set up just to Bash other forms of dog training! On the other side I think there is a bit more common sense approaches to training but there are still many who use a leash pop correction for anything and everything – this is obviously too far gone as well. Why not a balance folks?
IF you are going to be extreme and dogmatic over anything concerning dogs than be extremely observant. Be extremely patient. Be extremely honest. Be extremely free of other people’s opinions. Be extremely willing to learn with each and every dog. Be extremely ready to change your routine to a better one if needed. Be extremely relaxed. Be extremely social. And be extremely balanced in your methods!
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