|Barked: Sat Jun 2, '12 10:10pm PST |
|I'm not quite sure how you make that connection, but I'm going to assume you didn't mean that comment as insultingly as it came across. For the record, I don't beat my dog
No, no offense meant at all and I'm sorry if it sounded that way. I typed before thought and probably should have explained. I didn't follow your links (and I probably should have) but not long ago I did some reading on the thought that a puppy turning "doggy" - bonding with other dogs over humans - was an undesirable thing and excluded or diminished the bond the dog would have with a human. It seemed that in many cases this was stressed highly in training styles that also supported physically punishing the dog and other archaic training ideas. I don't think I've come across it in any progressive, positive reinforcement styles, but I am always willing to collect new knowledge and learn.
That is not to say that everyone who believes it trains with the same ideas - definitely not. Just that it seems to have a lot of weight in training styles I find distasteful. But I also raise pets, not working dogs and my dogs live a fairly soft life with what a lot of people would consider basic obedience. Perhaps it makes a difference in demanding and difficult situations, but in my personal experience I don't think it would be a major concern to the average pet owner.
Now, I will tell you it matters in cats - cats raised in groups will retain more kitten-ish mannerisms than those raised as singles.
Alright, now that I've hijacked this thread, I'll give it back
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