The Dominance Myth in Dog Training Explained

Today we are going over some of the myths in dominant dog training.

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31 Responses to “The Dominance Myth in Dog Training Explained”

  1. Samuel Van Bladel

    Dec 02. 2016

    hi Zak !
    i am gonna be honest , the first video i saw of you was with the white pitbull going for a walk. In the beginning i was like “what the hell is this guy doing ? ” your method seemed silly trying the dog to work with you with a piece of chicken. This thought came of watching ceasar milans show all the time. But watching more and more of your videos i saw that your technique is the one i go for now. All the leash pulling ceasar does will not really adress the behaviour i think. The episodes where he goes back to “rehabilitated” dogs they are still have some issues… while your technique just works quicker and is more fun! Thanks for showing me zak and sorry for my english !

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    • Zak George's Dog Training rEvolution

      Dec 02. 2016

      Thank you Samuel! I really appreciate you sharing your feedback. 🙂

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    • LostInABook

      Jan 29. 2017

      Samuel Van Bladel I used to like Cesar too but now looking back… idk why I did

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    • J0KERB0I

      Jun 09. 2017

      @lostinabook you liked him because he doesnt just train a good happy dog thats already balanced so its impressive to watch and means he knows what hes doing.

      Not that i dont like Zak George i think hes great, but Cesar uses his way to help that german shepherd that wanted to kill any and everything that stepped foot in his yard..cant do that with pieces of chicken and a “yes good boy”

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    • wicious

      Jun 29. 2017

      you can rehab aggressive dogs using reinforcement. well you probably can’t but qualified trainers do it all the time.

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  2. eg6gsr

    Jan 20. 2017

    I had to stop when you said that wild wolves don’t express the “Alpha Traits”…….Are you serious? Look there are a million ways(not literally, or heck maybe there is) to train a dog but to flat out say something that foolish is just well foolish.

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  3. Biscochitos Galletita

    Feb 27. 2017

    “We should share our data…” Doesn’t share any data.
    “Scientific research proves…” Citation needed.
    Just sayin.
    Let the battle of philosophies continue.

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    • Zak George's Dog Training rEvolution

      Feb 27. 2017

      I outline the research and data extensively in my book. There is no excuse to train with pain.

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    • Biscochitos Galletita

      Feb 27. 2017

      So essentially a paywall, then. Gotcha.
      It’s not that hard to list all sources if they’ve already been gathered. Unfortunately, even then, too many “studies” and “data” are biased from the get-go, and we see this in every area of study today (you learn a lot on that in stat classes, if you have responsible and an intellectually honest teacher anyway). That’s why I put the onus on any “educator” of anything to provide original sources freely–links to original studies. Anyone can put their own spin on any study.
      With all due respect, “Get my book” is not an excuse to shirk a responsibility you yourself took on to “share the data”. My comment was for the benefit of the general public, and not myself.

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    • Zak George's Dog Training rEvolution

      Feb 27. 2017

      This is why I cite tons of studies in the book. Minimal, cherry picked sources are not acceptable in the slightest. This is precisely what we see with scientifically illiterate, “dominance trainers” that taint this wonderful profession. You are free to check out the book from any library as well if you don’t want to spend the money. I only refer to the book because it is a better venue to really elaborate on this complex subject. I applaud skepticism at every turn. It’s what has led me to where I am now. Thanks for your feedback.

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    • Biscochitos Galletita

      Feb 27. 2017

      And in turn thanks for the kind responses, I know my comments could’ve been seen as combative. (I just really hate the bickering and demonizing I see going on in the comment section I guess.) I’ve learned a lot from your videos myself ever since I rescued a rat terrier a few months ago, and I hope you know I wasn’t trying to discredit you. Just being the critic I suppose; we’re everywhere. I’d prefer to go the route you do in your profession, and have been doing so with my own emotionally-sensitive doggo.

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  4. Aleksandra gusackova

    Apr 12. 2017

    your so helpfull thank you

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  5. Lela Stonehawker

    May 11. 2017

    Zak… you need to blink more, it’s freaky. We’re not weeping angels. XD

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  6. Terra Sancta

    May 15. 2017

    I think theres a place for both approaches

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  7. Douglas Tisdale

    May 18. 2017

    Zak show us how to remedy dog aggression please.

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  8. Nj Sherpa

    Jun 06. 2017

    thank you so much for such awasome videos…helped alot…

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  9. Francis K.

    Jun 10. 2017

    his eyes….

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  10. Trulee Y

    Jun 19. 2017

    i can see the love and care you have for dogs and the effort u put into understanding them

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  11. τhατ rαηdσm ηεrd

    Jun 20. 2017

    i have a puppy(two months of age) and he sometime growls and barks and he bite alot. Is there anything i should do. pls help

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  12. Catalina Ortiz

    Jun 22. 2017

    I loved this video, I been working with dogs for almost 10 years and I always try to explain why this type of training is so ineffective.

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  13. Gisselle A

    Jul 04. 2017

    I just got an 8 month old German Shepherd he is at the adolescent age almost an adult. He is a good dog but he has no basic training what so ever. How long will it take him to get to get to that level?

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  14. Durga SINGH

    Jul 11. 2017

    hi zack… ur superb man

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  15. Beth Johnson

    Jul 12. 2017

    I can’t hit thumbs up enough times…. this is absolutely amazing! Thank you so so much for making this

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  16. Princess K 12

    Jul 13. 2017

    So much hatred, guys think urselfs would u shock ur kid if he’s aggressive? U know hits other people bully’s them? No u probably wouldn’t u would try to make him understand that it is wrong to do such a thing. Then aren’t dogs somewhat like our kid? Also if u would hit ur child in such a scenario then that’s just shameful. NO ONE SHOULD BE TREATED LIKE THAT!!!!

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  17. Jacqueline Beaulieu

    Jul 16. 2017

    I have a 1 year old beagle mix and she humps thé other dogs at the dog park . Should i stop her and say no . Do YOU have any technique.

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  18. Timothy Sandoval

    Jul 17. 2017

    I’m not a dog expert, but he seems to be grossly and possibly deliberately misrepresenting the nature of dominance training.

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