Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
What is your fear of / discomfort with compulsion, or what is it that makes you prefer motivation methods over compulsion?
I don't have a fear or discomfort with compulsion as long as it's fair & done properly. By properly what I am referring to is what is the reason for the compulsion, how does the dog react and recovery from the correction/compulsion, is there a balance between the compulsion and praise/support given to the dog, and to me most importantly hopefully there is no emotion, especially anger, behind that compulsion. I've seen handlers go directly to compulsion because they don't want to take the time to "train/teach" the dog new exercises. They want the quick, easy way to get their goals accomplished. I don't agree with this at all, and these are the times when I usually have to walk away before I open my mouth about the unfairness of the training.
Do you believe that motivation is a better test of your dog's working drives ?
No, not when evaluating a working dog's ability. Even us humans have to learn, handle and accept stress at our work place, no? Like I mentioned above, there's a balance that MUST be achieved. If there are no rewards (i.e. a pay check), would we as employees continue to work in a stressful situation?
Is it wrong to teach a dog what a command means using compulsion? If so, why?
In my training, I personally won't go to compulsion until I know the dog understands the command and refuses to comply. Also, throughout the foundation work I am getting the young dog conditioned to handle collar pops and the prong. I just don't put a prong on a dog and start yanking the heck out of him.
Instead of calling this "corrections", it's more like I would consider "guidance".
Let me ask something? Is motivational pops of the collar considered "compulsion" like one might use to work on focus?
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