There are various types of training methods within the dog world. Some use all positive, some use all negative or some use both. We all have to realize that all positive consequently relates to both neg and positive, while all negative relates to nothing positive. Let me explain the first part to my statement. In a so called all positive atmosphere, appraisal, treats and a happy demeanor are the foundation for this type of training; but let’s really look at the actions of this method. (Note: I am not bashing this type of training method.) Anytime a tug of a leash, making a correction with a dog (quirt bottle, shaking of pennies, making a loud noise with your mouth of any sort, etc) consequently is a type of negative reinforcement. The correction may not be as severe as an all negative reinforcement, but it is still negative. I don’t want you to be upset with my statement, because it is a necessity. All positive IS NOT REAL LIFE. I repeat “ALL POSITIVE IS NOT REAL LIFE”. There has to be some negatives in life, in order to learn from your mistakes. The same method applies to dog training as well. Sometimes a dog has to have an unpleasant experience in order to learn what not to do. I personally haven’t witnessed a well trained dog that has never experienced negative reinforcement. If you have, I would love to see the video.
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