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The danger of "purely positive"
Posted by Cheryl Carlson
on 8/29/2017, 1:42 pm
Sigh... had yet ANOTHER puppy client who is receiving mixed messages about her 12 week old GSD pup... She had trained five prior GSDs, but suddenly has lost her confidence after her Vet told her that "nobody trains like that any more" and that "statistics prove that any method besides purely positive will create an aggressive biter". The problem? the puppy play bites. The REAL problem? people not understanding that different methods work and were created for, DIFFERENT DOGS! Not different breeds, not different sexes, but the differences between purposely bred working dogs, and the shy, timid rescues that most people are dealing with now a days. I am a master of purely positive, having dealt with some of the most feral, non socialized, waste of space rescues that you can imagine. I call them a waste of space, because there are so many nice, normal dogs out there that need a home. But there are always people that focus on the "unplaceable". So, if someone wants to pay me to help, I'm a commercial trainer. It once took me six months to get a dog to come to its owner (something that my 7 week old pups do naturally).... and I got teary eyed when it finally did.
BUT.. when you are dealing with a dog that is normal, outgoing, full of itself, a good scruff shake is a great tool... too bad there are those out there that think that dog training is truly one size fits all, or one method fits all......