First, and without making this too long or complicated, you need to understand what a correction is and what it can do for a dog, not just the moment you give it.
I will tell you in a few, but, suffice to say, most people will under correct because of the emotional attachment they have for their dogs, not understanding that they are doing more hard then good in the long run.
Now, I give corrections for the following reasons...the dog is doing something that will end up hurting someone for no reason or hurt itself, or, the dog is blowing me off AFTER knowing what the command I gave was. These 2 corrections will have different intensities when applied and they are tailored after the temperament of the dog and the infraction committed.
Having said that, I will give the HARDEST correction allowed for any infraction. I do not start low and go high for a couple of reasons, one, the dog learns to deal with the lighter corrections and just keeps doing what it was doing because in its feeble mind the correction was worth the release in drive it got, two, and pay attention to this because this is where everyone screws up, because the correction I give is NOT meant to make an impression on that dog for THAT one time ONLY, its supposed to impress upon its mind that the behavior it just exhibited is NOT allowed not only RIGHT NOW, but EVER.
In order for that to happen, the correction itself must be hard enough to make the dog correlate. Th re is no sense in giving a dog the same correction time after time after time when said dog is exposed to the same stimulus, make sense?
A well trained dog is one that needs no corrections about anything 99% of the time, that is the objective of ALL training.
People have a hard time with this concept BECAUSE of the correction level needed to make the dog think and they dont offer enough opportunities for the dog to screw up in order to correct it and then gauge it against that stimulus and praise it for a positive response.
Anyway, this can get long, but, if the dog earns a correction, I assure you it will get one, a hard one, and we will keep on training. Hope I helped.
ADD: Tibsy, what are you talking about? I correct my dog to release MY tension? Is that what the "masters" teach you now days? I correct my dog to make it understand that its screwing up and I dont do it by staring at it and gnashing my teeth or growing or lunging, I do it via a prong or an Electric collar, but, spoken like true amateurs, all these "masters" have no idea what they are saying. All this horse manure is based on NOT having to physically correct a dog, but, these same "masters" do not talk about the mental part of what happens to a POS weak nerved dog when you do your circus tricks...incredible!!!
Why not attend seminars by REAL trainers, people who have trained hundreds of dogs to titles or real life work, maybe you can learn something more real life applicable then.
ADD: All I did was give MY opinion on the trainers you posted about, what sht are you talking about and what personal insults? As far as tension release, I use other means to release mine that are much more productive for me, not by correcting you or a dog. You have an email coming, then you can tell me about your quals if there..have a great day!
· 8 years ago