This emphasis on socialization is an important element of a new approach to raising the modern dog.
Much has changed about the way that science is applied today. As canine training has shifted from the old obedience-driven model directed at show dogs to a more relationship-based approach aimed at companion dogs, trainers have discovered that the use of negative reinforcement and positive punishment actually slow a dog’s progress, because they damage its confidence and, more importantly, its relationship with a handler.
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BY WINSTON ROSS UPDATED: OCTOBER 27, 2020 11:13 AM EDT | ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED: AUGUST 25, 2020 8:00 AM EDT