Tamar Geller Dog Training Tip #5

Uploaded by officialpeta on 16.11.2011

Hi. I’m Tamar Geller for PETA, and I’m here with some thoughts about you and your
I’d like to talk about the issue of obedience and what it actually means. I mean, think
about it: Why do people get dogs to begin with? Well, for love and for an amazing relationship,
since dogs love us for who we really are. So let’s forget about obedience and build
that amazing friendship with our dog and simply teach him how to be well mannered.
Getting a dog to respond to your commands should primarily be done for the animal’s
safety and for the safety of other animals and people around you. But also it’s a great
way to communicate with your dog, particularly if he has learned that he can trust you and
that your way of doing things is so much fun.
Dog coaching should NOT just be about you having power over your dog. Dog coaching is
not about being stronger than your dog or teaching your dog to fear you or about inflicting
pain when they disobey. You want your dog to bond with you. If they’re in trouble,
you want them to look to you for help and to listen to you and adore you. It’s less
likely they’ll look to you for help if they’re afraid of you.
So, why should you teach your dog to do things? Well, if your dog gets away from you, you
want to be able to get him to stop so he doesn’t get hit by a car or hurt by an aggressive
dog. Keeping your dog safe is one reason to teach him to do things. But also, having a
dog that you can have fun with off leash (where permitted) because he listens so well and
wants to be around you is what we all wish for when we get a dog. Just like any other
good relationship, the key is love and great communication.
So here is my coaching tip for the day: NEVER hit your dog when he “misbehaves.”
Hitting is abuse. If he doesn’t respond to your command, hitting him will only make
him distrustful of you. Instead, you want to identify what need the dog is trying to
meet and figure out a better way for your dog to meet that need. The worst time to hit
a dog, by the way, is when he’s growling. When you hit a growling dog, you’re teaching
him to stop giving you his alarm signal. Then when he attacks someone, you’ll think the
dog attacked that person without being provoked, when in reality, the dog would have let you
know he was being provoked if you had not taught him not to growl. The point here is
that you should figure out why your dog is growling and address the cause of the problem,
not the symptom.
This is Tamar Geller, for PETA, with some ideas on how to enhance your relationship
with your dog.