|Barked: Wed Mar 28, '12 1:31pm PST |
|Czarka, I completely feel that "living in two worlds" vibe with my training circles too.
My agility/OB people are very much against prongs or other correction collars.
On the other end of the fence of course I have the people who put e-collars and prongs on a dog by default.
I've grown away from using correction collars for the most part- I just don't feel them necessary for Mulder anymore. His OB is to the point where a quick tug on the nylon is honestly all it takes, even in the protection training. I keep the prong in the car just in case the trainer wants me to pull it out, but as of yet we honestly haven't needed it.
And I admit that I get sick of seeing stupid people using inappropriate training methods. Just this morning I had Ridley outside of the local dog park to work on some impulse control and focus training. Another trainer was there working with a client too (actually sort of know him... very big on compulsion/dominance training). Woman had what looked like a shih tzu... who she would POP hard with the choke every time the dog would look away (being such a small dog, his whole body sort of jerked every time she would do it.... not pretty), and require it go back into a heel position.
I would NEVER walk up to these people and tell them what they were doing was stupid, even if I think that it was. ESPECIALLY considering this man is an actual trainer (meaning that this is his livelihood).
But that doesn't mean I can't be a bit of a turd and mess with them
I kept to about 30 feet away from where they were, whipped out the clicker, and started doing some INTENSE distraction work. Threw toys and balls and even grabbed a stick and starting banging it around on the ground and shouting, and Ridley never broke his down/stay. Click/treat for wonderful, SOLID Ridley behavior. Worked on some heel work, click/treat for beautiful Ridley heeling. Had a random dog charge the fence at the DP, Ridley started like he was going to react but came back to me first (!!!!!), click, BIG praise, lots of treats and a ball throw.
Finally after about 15 minutes or so of this the other trainer looked annoyed and walked off with the woman.
I never got closer than 20 feet to them, never approached them, never said one word to them..... and to top it all off, I honestly hardly ever use the clicker
Sometimes I just like to stir the pot.
Though I doubt I made a good impression on the trainer
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