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Proud CGC Parent
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I want to preface what I'm about to say by saying that not every training method works for every dog. Training your dog is about finding what works for YOU and YOUR DOG, whether that's completely positive (no corrections at all), mostly positive (with corrections like No), or more traditional methods.

IME with Kane, I'm mostly positive. He can be stubborn when he wants to be, but I've seen what he's like when I force him to do what I want versus when I show him that good things happen when he does what I want (thus giving him the CHOICE to obey me) and I won't go back to the more traditional methods.

Kane works harder and with more spirit and enthusiasm when he WANTS to work and not when I FORCE him to work because I want him to. So, for me, positive training is about finding what motivates him (not too hard because even just a happy and excited voice gets him pumped to do whatever I ask him). I started clicker training him a couple months ago and since then he's become even more responsive, learning things a lot more quickly.

Because of my preference for positive-based methods, I tend to surround myself with other positive-based dog owners/trainers on other dog communities. But that doesn't mean I completely denounce those who use the more traditional methods.

If it works for them, it works for them.
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