BTW, SchH was never about dogs working in personal protection. While I owned dogs who would protect me, they certainly were not dogs who needed to see that kind of training. It was rather clear that they would. SchH was about putting the dog's character on display and you could see it in how the dog performed each exercise. They actually had a purpose, those boring "routine" situations. I have to laugh when people bag on SchH because it is a routine. They clearly do not understand.
As for compulsion. I realize that many people kind of lose their mind and then everything they do TO their dog, is labeled as "compulsion". That is simply BAD training, one has nothing to do with the other. There is now thinking that a correction is puishment. It is not. I had tough, strong dogs. They did not require abuse to train them. If I did too much, it was usually because of what I said. I would lose my mind and my temper. Never occurred to me that I was right when those times would occur. 99% of the time, I was training those dogs fairly, yes, using corrections. Most people have never seen that training done correctly and I would bet money, if they did, they would not find it the least bit unpleasant.
I absolutely agree with you. The problem I can see in Germany is, even though you do show these people a different SchH, their mind is already so set, that they can't bring themselves to open up to the sport. They are so set in their believes of what it is, it's merely impossible to change their minds.
Clubs are approachable, even do a lot of public work these days, a TV channel picked up on the change in SchH and how positive it is these days and still, they got ripped apart because people believe they know what compulsion and correction is.
That being said, my helper and trainer asked me yesterday "What are you so afraid of? Why are you holding yourself back? YOU are your worst enemy." and he is right. I am scared to correct my dogs, I'm scared to make a step outside my comfort zone, I'm scared that I could screw up that awesome little bitch I have.
I've seen the compulsion back in the day and on top of that underwent the conditioning that it is bad. So that combination, even though I know in my head that it's irrational thinking, makes it very hard for me to correct the dog, even though it's necessary.
I also believe it is a product of humanzing dogs too much.
Just look at this forum. How many people promote positive training only. A correction is not abuse and abuse is not a correction. Compulsion doesn't have to be abuse either. It's a matter of timing and how you carry it out.