"A dog's instincts are what first motivated humans to join forces with another species thousands of years ago. And yet instincts are often the very thing we try to suppress in our modern dogs. Some dog owners have come to believe that "dog training" is a good way to get a dog to put his instincts behind him forever. Being in control of a dog's instincts is not the same thing as trying to eliminate them. Encouraging instinct is simply rewarding natural behavior or not extinguishing it through punishment. When we honor a dog's instincts and make them the cornerstone of our relationship, it can open up a whole new world for us."
- Cesar Milan
Jeff Dentler, CPDT-KA, CTDI