Sound training vs. a hairbrained scheme liable to get yourself injured and a messed up dog?
But what if you already have a messed-up dog, Yvette? Lay-people like me turn to these famous idiots because no one else will help. Period.
I'll take it 1 step further & ask how many of you would've kept this dog we have? Most of our relatives & friends told us to PTS. No darn way that was gonna happen. Both hubby & I "saw" --- in our uneducated eyes - the potential of a dog that came to us broken. Not her fault. After lots of money on idiotic trainers & unnecessary vet bills (test for this or that, maybe that's why she's messed up...), I came here for help. Luckily, I didn't take the discard to mean this dog still wasn't worth the effort.
Is she perfect now? Good Lord - NO. Would I PTS? NO. Would I give her away? NO. Because we now have a dog that knows she's loved. Bad storm on Xmas Day blew down 1 whole section of fence - it leans against our home. Perfect escape avenue for Ziva. Did she take off? No. We let her out back - she does her business, then waits @ the back door to come in. She comes in, wagging that dangerous tail as she meanders down the hall. Then lets out a "barr-roor-waroo-roo once she's in the living room. She won't leave. She knows she's loved & she knows she's safe. Oh yes, she's still a work in progress. She lays down beside me when I return from chemo. Hubby says she won't move until I wake up. And this, from a fear-biting dog months ago. I wouldn't give her up for the world.
Lack of action can sometimes send an owner into PTS. When no one will listen, no one will help, no one will give direction. Ziva is lucky she landed with us - we're both stubborn, outspoken Aires. And she pays us back 100-fold. Sometimes, she comes with us to the Infusion Center (where I get my chemo) - the patients love this 95lb puppy! And the nursing home where my former mom-in-law resides (she's late-stage Alzheimers)? They love her, too. (I think they en joy the cat, Oliver, more - because it's a rare thing to see a cat there visiting) - but this big ol' Lunkhead is a hit.
And that - to me - is worth so much more than a non-responding forum, or CM, or VS, or any of them. In spite of her beginnings, it is working.