Flooding a dog is an old technique that was used by Neanderthals to make a nervous dog give up. In a nut shell what flooding means is, the trainer would constantly harass the dog unmercifully until that animal accepts it’s fate of death (In their mind, anyway) and gives up. Or to put it another way the dog trainer would make the nervous dog so nervous that the dogs brain would finally shut down.
When some people see the immediate result that the trainer accomplishes with this type of behavior modification method, they are impressed. They are impressed because they don’t know any better and it may seem to them a miracle that their dog didn’t bite the trainer.
This is probably without a doubt the absolutely stupidest way to deal with a nervous dog. The most common responses you will see in a dog when he meets new people after he’s gone through the flooding treatment are, (1) he will make sure he acts like a bigger maniac the next time someone tries to come near him. or (2) he will slink away from everybody.
In either case the dog will pretty much be miserable.
If you would like to see what flooding looks like, take a look at the following video link. Please pay close attention to the dogs emotional state at the end of the video. nationalgeographic.com
This is no way to train a dog.
The Spirit Dog