So since I got my rescue dog I've been reading, watching, learning and generally just living "dog".
And, as a new dog owner, I have to say; what the hell?! There are SO MANY different, conflicting opinions out there. And they are all from "experts".
Ian Dunbar - famous dog trainer and so on. He and his wife started up the idea of positive reinforcement yes?
Yet I've seen on his website him telling dog owners to use a very aggressive (hard and sharp tug on the leash) "Sit-stay" to overcome dog aggression towards other dogs.
Other experts such as kikopup and tab289 (both on youtube) say that this type of leash pulling is completely unneccessary and in fact counter productive. They also say that any idea of dominance is also a myth and harmful to our relationship with our dogs.
This confuses me because they both say they use the positive reinforcement model. Yet so does Ian Dunbar, who very obviously uses a type of dominance understanding. I've just started working with a dog trainer of 30 odd years. She insists that I always have to go through doorways first, eat first and so on to ensure Peppa knows I'm her boss. Is this all a load of hogwash?
It could just be the constant 5am cold nose to the ear wake up calls coupled with late nights. But this is really starting to confuse me. :/