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Re: Preparing for a new GSD puppy
Hi Nathan! Long time! clicker training (a.k.a operant conditioning) has been around a whole lot longer, just has a new name. Karen Pryor, who was a marine biologist, came up with the whole "clicker" thing, since it closely approximates the sounds dolphins make. It was theorized that they would be able to identify that noise both above and below water. Do I use it? Absolutely, but minus the clicker, I just use my voice as a marker. I use it very consistently with babies, just as I always have. As a pup matures, however, there has to be balance. Dogs (and humans!) learn better with both negative and positive... almost twice as fast as with just positive. so, the authors mentioned above are still relevant at the right age, just as they always have been. the idea that a dog cannot or should not be corrected is false. In some cases, with severely traumatized abused dogs, who have never really "learned to learn" the best we can hope for are some really basic things, like not bolting through an open door. They probably only can grasp the simplest of tasks, and so, purely positive is a good way to go. With a dog that I've bred, however, the balanced approach is the best. One that teaches the dog what is expected, and once the dog understands, applies negative reinforcement along with positive reinforcement.