|Barked: Wed Nov 7, '12 12:30pm PST |
|"he also handled a number of Giant's and Airedales who were perfectly fine taking a chunk out of their handler if you miss stepped."
That's true, and a humor to me when some might think a Giant is too harshly handled. They do not suffer fools gladly. There's that terrier gene, the "sense of fair play." Very quick to bite if you tick them off, with a pretty low bite discernment. Doesn't much matter if it is the hand that feeds them. A lot of Giants who surface in rescue for aggression are handler aggressive. You don't want to rub them the wrong way. Converse to GSDs, where truer handler aggression is uncommon.
I like Ellis a great deal. Balabanov also is very inspired, and I think he most has been able to move those with more of a strict traditionalist mindset into the world of rewards and why they work.
Regarding that, talking about the hardnuts and who they follow. They want results and do something that works, so they are more resistant to change generally. They will just snark at the "my dogs are very happy!" or "my sweet girl was so fearful but now her thresholds are so much improved!"....that is not to them a resume. Like at ALL Balabanov, quite different to that, snapped heads on an international/world stage with spectacular working dog performances no one could match and simultaneously was respected turning out extremely street worthy PPDs. So HIM, who you could not beat on or in the field to save your life.....you shut up and listened. Because here it wasn't simply a "different" way, but a BETTER way, not in an emotional translation, but hard, cold results on the field.
For some traditionalists, that's really what they need to see to begin to think there might actually be something to this rewards based stuff
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