Not sure if this is the right place, but I'm feeling a bit in denial.
I've always been positive, positive, positive, didn't think corrections did anything except create a short cut for those who didnt want to put the effort into doing things the right way.
I was the one with a pocket full of treats, ready to redirect my dog, do spurts of obedience or capture a promising behavior.
Over the past year I began being more understanding of corrections. I learned of the right way and the wrong way, read up a lot on timing, precision, the mechanics behind it all. Though I still hadn't attempted issuing them, it was mostly out of curiosity.
And then, this past month, I learned what corrections could really do. And I'm in denial of it all.
After a quick obedience session with a prong, my dog listens to me 100%, he looks at me with his bright eyes and is awaiting my next orders, I am completely in the drivers seat. I had imagined that he would be sulking, avoiding me, slow to respond.. 3 years of treats and positive training couldn't get me what I got in one session of using a prong. but I can't get over it. It is almost like my dog LIKES being corrected. Like that was all he needed, to be corrected.
I understand it is probably the black and white-ness of it all, the additional structure it provides. But Its not something I'm able to justify to myself (if that makes sense).
Now, my dog is not, or was not, out of control or anything. He has mild dog reactivity, bad recall, and is slow to respond.. I only have to ask once but you can see him sigh and roll his eyes as he complies, even though he is getting a treat. Good dog though.
After using the prong, though.. He recalled so fast, I thought he was going to knock me over. His down is faster than I can say the command and even when we are not training, he is glued to me, but he is also very visibly comfortable and happy.
I guess I need help processing it all. Trying to incorporate this training and such.. I don't know if I'd feel good about myself, issuing a correction in public.
Can someone break this down for me, or help me come to terms with this new world of corrections ?