Positive reinforcement. It’s a cornerstone in the standard of care for teaching animals. It’s an efficient and low risk way to create reliable behaviours when it really counts. And for Olive, my beloved mini pig, it’s a lifeline.
Dogs with pointy teeth threatening to use them. This can really push our evolutionary buttons. It’s unsettling! It’s no wonder that many of us react by wanting to punish dogs for these displays so that we remain in control. We get rid of this behaviour, and problem solved, right? It can really seem that way.