|Barked: Fri Apr 5, '13 6:31pm PST |
|A prong collar is never necessary, period. Some people may choose to use it, but please don't think you need to because there are no other options. (If there *were* no other options, think about what that is actually saying: would you really want your health/independence contingent upon a dog that needs to have pain inflicted in order to perform his job correctly???? I sure wouldn't!)
I'm not against the occasional correction when absolutely necessary, but if a dog needs a correction more often than once in a while, what it really means is that your dog isn't fully trained yet. If your dog is constantly making mistakes, he's still learning. Which is totally fine, but consider whether you want to be inflicting pain on a dog that is still learning how to behave. Seems rather cruel, no?
And then on the working side of things, Charlie, you mentioned your dog was responding better to your trainer after your session. Of course! Because he knew that if he didn't do what he was told, he would feel pain. So in reality, if he wanted to avoid pain, he had no choice in the matter. That's not the type of training I want in a service dog who is going to be working for me. I want my SD to *want to work with me* rather than working because he knows there will be consequences if he doesn't.
I've been affiliated with a guide dog school as they've undergone the transition from older methods of training (the collar pops) to newer, positive training methods. The difference in quality of guide dog coming out is simply incredible. Not that the old guide dogs weren't solid, but the new positively-trained guide dogs are on a completely different level.
EDIT TO ADD: Sorry, OP, I didn't directly answer your question. I believe this trainer's methods to be actively harmful. Like I said, I'm totally not against an occasional correction for an already-trained dog that needs a reminder, so I'm not one of those anti-correction people, but I recommend staying far, far away. I would look up trainers from the Karen Pryor Academy as a starting point.
Edited by author Fri Apr 5, '13 6:34pm PST
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