The aim of the Initiative for Force-free Dog Training is to make available to a wide audience a science-based, ethical and empathetic way of living and working with dogs, above all during their training. The Initiative for Force-free Dog Training is a combined effort (see position paper and code of conduct) by qualified professionals, whose methods correspond to current scientific knowledge (617 people to date, 30.12.2022), together with international organisations such as the Swiss Veterinary Society for Behavioural Medicine, The Pet Profesional Guild, The Pet Dog Trainers of Europe, Foundation for the Animal in Law (Stiftung für das Tier im Recht) to name but a few.
Our aims in detail:
Introduction to the initiative for force-free dog training
A behavioral vet about aversive dog training
A great speech about dog science
A good new video about Millan's training methods
6. February 2021
Letter to Netflix regarding new Series about dog training, of course we did not get an answer.
De Castro Vieira, A.C., Fuchs, D., Munhoz Morello, G., Pastur, S. & de Sousa, L. (2020). Does training method matter? Evidence for the negative impact of aversive-based methods on companion dog welfare. PlosOne, Dec 16
New Study: Exposure of controlled challenges increases stress resilience in dog puppies
New study: positive reinforcement is more efficient than E-Collars
China, L., Mills, D. S. & Cooper, J. J. (2020) Efficacy of Dog Training with and without remote electronic collars vs. a focus on positive reinforcement. Frontiers in Veterinary Science, 22. July 2020
For more studies see our page : canine science
New Study about the relationship between training methods and dog-owner attachment
More Studies on the page Canine Science
Have a look at this great summary of canine science literature on dog training methods
By the British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Author IJ. Makowska, M.Sc, Ph.D.
Have a look at this interesting study
Why don't use more people positive reinforcement to train dogs?
Well done UK! Shock Collars - the sale and use will be banned soon