This means that I refuse to use force, intimidation, scare tactics, or pain to make a dog do something. Rather the goal is to have a dog that stops showing inappropriate behaviours, or displays desireable behaviours, because it WANTS to do so and not because it is being forced to do so.
Forcing a dog is not humane and will not change the dog’s motivation (such as self defence). It only causes a downward spiral that will inevitably worsen the fear or defensiveness, ultimately causing the dog more stress and leading to more problems down the line. There is nothing to be gained by having an adversarial relationship with your dog - you should be working with your dog not against it.