|Barked: Sun Oct 28, '12 2:00pm PST |
|Josie, I started training in the 60's and 70's as well as your trainer. The difference is, I ditched my chokes and prongs when I realized that my dogs were responding because they feared me and my reactions to them if they were slow or did something else wrong.
Now, my dogs ARE happy and healthy and they respond to me BECAUSE we are partners and share a relationship where there is NO FEAR and NO INTIMIDATION at all. My dogs pick up new commands instantly and never need corrections because they are not lagging out of fear of those leash pops.
Nearly every dog I own has at the very least a Companion Dog degree from the AKC shows, and they all earned those titles by being trained with praise and respect, not with jerks and threats and choking. I also received comments about how happy and relaxed my dogs were while working from almost every judge I showed under.
If and when they made a mistake, I DID NOT correct them with anger and harsh jerks and pops. I assumed (usually, rightly), that I had either not made myself clear with what I wanted OR that there was some other factor affecting their response such as nervousness from the show, etc.
I was taught (and I believe) the biggest difference between me and my dog at a show is that the I know why I am there and while my dog has no clue, he trusts me that I know why I am there.
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