Dog Training Philosophy

When you know better, you do better.

When you know better, you do better. We firmly believe in and strive to live out that statement. This applies to all things in life, including how we treat and train dogs. Our training mission at Pit Bull Advocates of America is to treat, manage, and train dogs using modern science-based, force free methods. We use this model with our personal dogs, rescue program dogs, and the public’s dogs.

This type of training goes by many names – positive reinforcement, force-free, fear free, clicker training, humane training, and more. No matter what it’s called, this type of training takes into consideration the dog’s emotions and feelings along with the science of how animals learn. At PBAOA, we do not use or endorse the use of any aversives in training including prong collars, choke-style collars, shock collars, squirt bottles, or physical force / intimidation of any kind for training, managing, or living with our companion animals. Society has learned so much about animals and we continue to learn more about them every day. We’re able to train wild animals such as whales, alligators, tigers, and more to voluntarily participate in basic vet procedures like blood draws. If we can do that without aversives, there’s no need to walk dogs on a prong collar – there’s another way.

We’re proud to say our beliefs align with several national and international organizations that oppose the use of aversives in training including the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC)*.

Does this mean we want dogs to live without boundaries and do whatever they want? Of course not! Boundaries and consistency are key to healthy relationships with dogs. You don’t need to be dominant over or bully your dog to get them to behave. Let’s be real, you control when your dogs go outside, when they eat, when they play, so you are by default the dominant one. There’s no theory under which your dog will ever dominate you.

We don’t speak the same language as our best friends so it’s our duty to treat, train, and manage our dogs using the most ethical practices possible. While we’re at it, let’s spend less time trying to teach our dogs English and more time learning about them and their language. All pet parents could greatly benefit from a better understanding of how our dogs see the world. Dogs are members of our family, our companions, and our best friends. We owe it to them to be the best guardians we can be, and that includes training and managing them without the use of fear, intimidation, or pain. When you know better, you do better – and at Pit Bull Advocates of America, we strive to do better using modern science-based, ethical and loving training methods.