|Barked: Sun Jan 13, '13 11:00pm PST |
|Wow, Guest....I think it's really good you train your dogs as you do because your interpretation of corrections is really screwy.
As in "Do it or else" I suppose that's a part of any training, though. Do it or else you won't get this cookie or that click just as well. How on earth do you sleep at night Of course that's just me in jest, but perhaps not too funny as Sea World has had a couple of orcas just pop and kill their trainers. It's not as if there is no stress involved. Depends on the dog. Some have a nice even energy. Others, you see these dogs and where the owner views them as happy, to outside eyes they look anywhere from anxious to neurotic.
Proofing with corrections doesn't have to mean any sort of brutality. You may give a dog a check when he is in too intense a stimuli and starting to tune you out, and as he responds treat or praise him. I also instruct my teenage dog people it's like saying "yo! remember me? sure ya do" Some people just don't get corrections. They were poorly schooled, didn't connect with it, brought too much emotion/frustration to the table, or it simply wasn't for them. Which is fine. But done right, corrections are schooling which teach a dog to be better composed in demanding scenarios. That's just foundational to a moment you don't expect and you call out your dog's name or a command and he's been there, done that. I need to work a dog a little over his top before I can trust him openly in situations I can't predict. That's life. With some dogs, it will never be a big deal. With others, particularly territorial or prey driven, it can be a huge one.
That's a lot like the whole Charlie the Pit Bull scenario in San Fran. Ok, so he'd never seen a horse before and (I will extend the benefit of the doubt) had never showcased such an extreme prey drive before, but he had absolutely no foundation in that frame when his owner called his name. Just disconnected. The bond was dead in that moment.
Some people believe bond isn't all sugar plums and marshmallows, but a combination of benefits and consequences. I dunno, maybe this is personal issues and experiences coming out. For those who see wrong, see hate, see anger in discipline. Maybe that's the root of the odd karma statement. If you aren't in love when you are disciplining, then I get that. But a dog who is guided to have the most encumbered, field romping life he can have? Bad karma due? I see that as a terrible misuse of a spiritual principle to suit one's argument....a bit of an irony, that.
I doubt anyone here is into using pronounced force or is inattentive to body language. These things matter to us all muchly.
Edited by author Wed Jan 23, '13 5:01pm PST
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