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I've heard from people who train in schutzhund that there are a lot more handlers/trainers who use positive methods than there were years ago.

I've heard that you can't use negative training methods for agility dogs. (obviously you can, but there must be a reason for this saying)

I've also heard from dock dog handlers/trainers, dog show judges, and various other 'dog experts' that positive training methods are becoming more popular.

I've also heard from 'the good ole boys' who believe their ways is the only way that positive reinforcement creates soft, weak, passive dogs that won't work. I figure if the dog's used to being forced to do things, of course it's not going to work if it's not forced. Obviously I'm in the positive training camp.

What do you think? Have you seen more positive training methods in your circles lately? Do you only surround yourself with a certain method, and if so, why?

Mods, I wanted to put this in training, but there's no one general training section, and it applies to all dog sports.
 

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Dog training is a passion of mine, and it's something I seem to be very good at. I just naturally tailor what I do to the dog at hand, and I've never really had a problem, beyond having to ask for help to really fine tune things (like working with a cat killer who destroys doors).

Maybe one day I'll pursue a career in it, but for now I can't tolerate most dog owners.
 

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Don't even get me started on Petsmart's 'training' program. It's all about the opportunity to make money for them, and definitely not about the dogs. One size fits all, follow the book, don't deviate. I know a woman who's the regional head trainer in SC/GA and she only does the job for the money, but really enjoys giving extra pointers, or inviting people out to her kennel clubs training meetups, to show them how to really work with their dogs. It's how I got started in Rally!
 
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