|Barked: Mon Oct 29, '12 10:33am PST |
|I agree completely with Squ'mey re: walking. Sometimes, they may walk behind me, sometimes in front, as long as the lead is slack, I don't give a fig. And I reward a good walk with sniffing and marking occasionally, depending on the dog. Watt only wants praise, physical and vocal. I mix it up with tight heels, automatics sits, waits, etc. I use "Look at Mes" (LAMA) since he is inclined to that already. Always has been inclined to look at me.
Personally, I don't regard the negative reinforcement, mild as it is, in BAT training to be going over to the dark side. Different techniques are appropriate for different dogs. Obviously negative reinforcement as done in the form of toe-tying or ear pinches in sporting dogs is over the top.
A good summary of techniques for overreactive dogs may be found here. It is by Patricia McConnell, an ethologist who has written several books on dogs:
"Dog/Dog Reactivity -- Treatment Summary"
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