Balabanov vs. Flinks DVDs?
Ok.... am wondering, does anyone have opinions on which DVD is better for teaching obedience? I am just curious what people thought about the Balabanov and Flinks DVD methods for obedience? How do they compare?
Truth is, I would like to utilize my dog's drive to make the obedience fun and motivational as much as possible. But:
1. I am not into competition/super-precision, but do want a good response.
2. Evrerything I do with this dog is about *calming* his drives rather than nudging them out any higher. It's always about rewarding any calm behavior, any steps he takes towards self control. Since puppyhood, he has earned eye contact, praise, petting-- for any behaviors showing he can relax indoors. This is often opposite of how many devoted dogsport enthusiasts raise their pups (even though they also teach excellent control and do teach focus & calm). My dog is workingline, and yes I do use toy rewards sometimes (or food), and his drives make the toy-reward obedience fun for us.... but the last thing I ever want to create is the "Gonna PLAY? Gonna WORK? Are, we, huh, huh, huh???" drivey-can't-truly-settle-in-the-house-without-anticipating-a-game kinda dog. Are these DVDs suitable for active companion dogs who need to be able to chill indoors? I got lucky, my breeder had two very calm pups in a litter of spitfire dynamos... and I got Grimm, the calm, medium energy male pup. I would like to improve his responses to obedience and using a toy reward makes us both so happy.. but are these DVDs going to create a more restless, always-anticipating-a-game kind of dog indoors?
Which DVD method do you prefer and why? Thanks!
Grimm van den Heuvel, aka "The Doofinator"
My strong-minded, very loving boy