|Barked: Mon Oct 29, '12 12:20pm PST |
|You can ask if prongs are integral to her results. Sometimes they are, sometimes they aren't. Good trainers can adapt to an owner's methods, but it sounds to me like she isn't a trainer per se....just one who does really good work with her dogs? There's nothing wrong with that, by the way. Some people have an aptitude, and given how little credentials it takes to be a trainer these days, there may be little difference from her and a "pro" if that's the case.
Some trainers are very tool dependent. Others may stick with a tool because it works but can easily go outside their box. I have all my dogs on a choke once they are finished. It's what I've always done, but don't do that with fosters....we have a Pit in foster right now I do have on a correction collar, but only because he has extreme prey drive against cats and we have a large feral population where we live, so I need that added control to keep the cats safe - this dog is a built like a bull (the one with horns, lol) and is really strong.......and when I am doing my coaching work for people with their teenage dogs always adapt to whatever the use, unless I find it to be the cause of their problems, in which case we discuss what other options they are comfortable with. And then I'll work with that.
That's as it should be, but some are tool dependent. Just speak honestly. If YOU are not comfortable, say that, as sensitive dogs often do fine on a prong, so she may debate you. You really only have to bring up that you don't want to use that collar respectfully (i.e., "it's just not a collar for you," rather than questioning her own ethic, as off what you have to say her dogs go fine with one, so no need to abrade) and see if she can work with that. That's totally in line, as long as presented respectfully should not pose a problem.
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