|Barked: Sun Jul 29, '07 5:11pm PST |
|I am speaking from personal experience when I say that I would never again use a trainer that relied on command base training. I have trained my dogs with compulsion training in the past and have used shock collars. At this time, I would only use a positive reinforcement trainer.
Think about the difference in the two types of training. Compulsion trainers will tell you that they use all four of the quadrants of operant conditioning and use praise as a reward. They give a command and force the dog into position. When they have decided the dog knows the position, they give he command and punish for lack of obedience. Then, if we take it off lead on the shock collar, the give the command and, at the same instant they begin to say the word, they begin the shock and end it when the dog has achieved the final position.
Contrast that to clicker training. They often lure a dog into position or capture a behavior. When the dog has learned the behavior and is presenting it (sometimes with a hand signal that resembles a lure) they put the command on cue.
Which method seems more conducive to learning? A method that delivers a punishment for every mistake or one that delivers a reward for every success?
In addition, there are drawbacks associated with punishment, including that they are difficult to apply correctly, they may have unexpected side effects, including fear and aggression, dogs generalize easily—but often inappropriately, punishment generally rely on fear, pain, or intimidation and can inhibit the animal's willingness to offer behaviors.
On top of this, there are some indications that the shock from these collars can cause sudden outbursts of severe aggression from previously docile dogs.
Given the choice, I'd stick with Petcock, or better yet, find a positive reinforcement trainer.
Edited by author Sun Jul 29, '07 5:14pm PST
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