The truth is our feelings and emotions can't be trusted when it comes to separating fact from dog training fiction. The popular training ideology being promoted and market today is based on meeting the emotional needs of owners rather than the relational needs of dogs. Many actually define who they are within this ideology by using it as a means to project their emotions using the dog as a mirror. Within this ideology dogs are not defined as relational beings with needs that are separate but rather they are an extension of it. Dogs are devalued as a result.
This ideology is not based on surrendering to nature's governance but rather an ideology based on self. That is the reason why so many are willing to leave the burden of the role on the dog or give up on the dog altogether if the ideology fails to produce results. Within the training framework of this ideology the objective and discerning person will see the contradictions, shifting positions and excuses. The intersecting points of these contradictions involve instinctive behavior, the dominance issue and learning theory. While many attempt to package this ideology off as science the simple truth is that it isn't.
While this ideology has sway and power over the masses based on changing values and attitudes it has no authority as it aligns with nature. Those who are focused on giving the ideology the credit are missing the relational half truth of it all. Those who define who they are within this ideology lose the ability to be see anything else. They miss the opportunity to see dogs as the unique beings they really are.