Content Note: moderately detailed analogies between punishment-based training techniques in dogs and child abuse.
Important Disclaimer: I am not a dog trainer. Any personal advice in this post is based solely on personal experiences, coursework in Animal Behavior, and the articles I have linked. But again, these still do not make me a professional dog trainer and anything I have to say on the subject should be considered in light of that fact.
Animal rights might not be the easiest topic to imagine under the umbrella of feminism. However, based on what we know of how animals think, feel, and remember, I believe that animal rights lies along an axis of intersectionality, even though we do not explore this axis as often. Still, I believe that this axis matters when considering how to treat sentient and feeling beings. This post is devoted to one of many types of non-human members of human families: the dog.