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Why I’d Sprint Faster Than My Pup from a ‘Dog Whisperer’

Let’s talk about a phenomenon that’s been sweeping the dog training world faster than a pack of corgis chasing a treat dispenser – the infamous ‘Dog Whisperer.’ Now, before you start envisioning someone serenading your Fido with secrets only audible to canines, let’s hit the brakes and have a heart-to-heart about why you might want to run in the opposite direction.

Whispering or Wizardry?

So, here’s the deal: the term ‘Dog Whisperer’ sounds more magical than a wizard’s spell, right? But the truth is, there’s no Hogwarts for hounds, and no one is channelling their inner Dumbledore to decode your Labradoodle’s deepest desires. I mean, we’re dealing with our dogs, not ancient scrolls written in paw prints. They’re sentient beings, not robots.

It’s Not a Hogwarts Acceptance Letter

Firstly, let’s dissect the title. Whisperer? Really? Last time I checked, the only thing I was whispering to my pups was whether they wanted the chicken or beef-flavoured kibble. These self-proclaimed ‘Dog Whisperers’ might as well be claiming they can speak fluent Klingon – it sounds impressive, but it’s probably just gibberish.

Science > Sorcery

Effective dog training is more science than sorcery. It involves understanding canine behaviour, positive reinforcement, consistency, and a sprinkle of patience. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’d love a wand that could make my Furkids wash their own beds and do the dishes, but alas, that’s not the reality we’re living in.

The Dangers of Misrepresenting the Science

Labelling oneself a ‘Dog Whisperer’ can also lead to misrepresenting the science of training. It’s like saying, “I’m not a chef; I’m a culinary sorcerer.” Sure, it sounds cool, but when it comes down to it, your pup doesn’t care if you’re a whisperer, a magician, or a kazoo-playing contortionist. They just want your love and devotion, clear communication, tasty food, and maybe a game of fetch.

Communication, Not Conjuring

Dog training is all about communication and understanding – not mystical powers. When someone claims to be a ‘Dog Whisperer,’ they’re essentially saying, “I have an otherworldly connection with dogs.” Newsflash: dogs are pretty down-to-earth creatures. They respond to cues, positive reinforcement, and a loving pawrent who is willing to put in the time and effort. Second Newsflash: A good trainer will be teaching YOU how to train your dog. Sure, any trainer can train your dog for you, but will you understand the what, where, when, how and why of the training to achieve the desired behaviours?

Why I’d Run Faster Than My Pup

Now, imagine you’re browsing for a dog trainer, and you stumble upon someone proudly donning the title of ‘Dog Whisperer.’ It might sound intriguing at first but take it from someone who’s been there – run. Run like your thongs just broke and you’re chasing the ice cream truck up the road on a scorching hot summer’s day. This is a big generalisation but every ‘Dog Whisperer’ I’ve ever encountered uses aversive training techniques: prong or electric collars, compulsion and punishment. Not how I want to train my Furkids and not backed up by science and learning theory.

Dog training is about mutual understanding, not mysterious mumblings. A good trainer will be transparent about their methods, using proven techniques that involve more logic than levitation. They’ll be teaching you how to train Fido, not performing some secret trick or sleight of hand.

Let’s steer clear of the mystical and embrace the practical. Find a trainer who understands you and your pup’s language, not someone claiming to speak in canine riddles. Because when it comes to dog training, it’s not about whispers; it’s about wagging tails and happy Humums and Hudads.

If you’re adopting a pup or dog this summer and looking for a trainer, then I’d highly recommend a search of the PPGA or APDT databases.

From me and mine to you and yours, I hope you have a furtastic holiday season.

Game On! Let’s Play!


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