so I was in a local petsmart at the cash out with a bag of kitty litter .
what a sahmozzle --- "class" had just been let out and the patrons were heading
to the exit.
I saw very little evidence of any one, any single one, having learned anything or applying
any new knowledge, perfecting any skill.
there were your usual nails dug in - leaning into the colour - pulling like a draught animal -
owner ??? different zone .
a man who admittedly had a difficult breed for training had his dog on two legs jumping
to get close to the a dog in arms of someone else. Meanwhile the the owner was shouting
SIT like some mad person.
the customers immediately in front of me were being advised by the cashier that if they
had a power pulling dog instead of the dog pulling in to and "choking" for air , accompanied
by sound effects - they should get a body harness.
oh boy -- I did not say ONE word - nada - zip .
Folks it is NOT absolutely not the equipment . It is the relationship between the dog
and the owner .
It is about setting parameters for acceptable behavioiur .
TRAINING for , rewarding a coorect response , extinguishing an unwanted response,
going back and getting and rewarding what you want.
If your equipment fails do you have control?
I held a training class and the first thing to go was any equipment .
The only tools the handler had was voice , posture , gesture, reward, and patience.
It was interesting .
there is more ... but hhose people worked , and they observed, and they got timing,
and they learned to shape behaviour with reward which was NOT food , bribe, or lure.
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