Originally Posted by HaPpY AnImAl LoVeR
I do not have a very specific goal in mind, I am just researching programs and training clubs to gather information. I would like to get a puppy sometime in the future, so I am trying to prepare as best I can so I can make an informed decision if I would like to get formal training if/when I get that puppy, and if so, from where? The general goal is having a good scource of information to help guide me in raising and training a puppy/dog in all the things you would want a family pet to be.
It looks to me like another flavor of the week program, meaning it's just a fad and will pass. The premise of the program seems to be that dogs are bored and that is true.
I think people get hung up on methods and methodology. Train the dog in front of you. Most of what I do is a mish mash of ideas that combine well for me. I also pulled on a ton of the techniques and ideas learned with horses, they work as well or sometimes better on dogs.
Lex and Bud were very similar in that they both worked well for praise, and were willing to do pretty much anything I asked. Both had a flashy, quick style to their obedience.
Lex was soft and retreated from any corrections. She needed a gentle hand and a soft voice but she learned quickly and would do absolutely anything. Luring and marking worked well for her. Highly intelligent and extremely biddable. A dream of a dog to handle, her bitework showed a serious lack but her obedience was unreal.
Bud needed a kick in the head to get through to him sometimes, not literally, and needed a firm leader willing to stand up to him. He was a bit of a bully sometimes and quick to bite. He responded best to older styles and methods. He was not really smart as GSD's go but he certainly could learn for a handler he respected. His obedience showed a lot of flash and he liked working for me. I tried luring and marking with him and he would quickly get angry. He did not like choices and the time needed for him to put the pieces together was enough to push his buttons. Very much a tell me what you want and I'll do it dog.
Sabi was a great dog and trained herself and me along with her. She did nothing she did not want to, no matter the reward or correction. Her obedience was at best correct, she did not do tricks of any kind for any reason, and she wearied of repetition quickly and would simply stop working. She was highly intelligent and an experiment with conversational training provided some stunning results.
I probably could have trained them all the same way but it would have done a disservice to all three. Find methods that work for you and whatever dog you get but don't get hung up on any one method. The very best trainers have lots of tools in their toolbox and are willing to use the one that gets the job done the best. I can use a dime to loosen a screw, or a butter knife, but a screwdriver is probably my best option.