I have never heard anyone same say a tug or ball play is inappropriate...that is what most people want...that is what most teams push for during selection testing..
That is what I thought too, however it was a german custom officer that said that they abandoned the tugwork a long time ago because you can't train dogs with tugs at all and it would only create problems down the road.
I am reading, not arguing and I thought it would make a great discussion on here.
Ein Zerrspiel ist für mich ein Kampfspiel.
Beutespiel führt bekanntlich zu beutemotivierten Aggression, Bedrängung, Dominanz stärkend um nur einiges zu nennen.
That's the definition. Playing Tug is a "Fight game".
Prey games leads, knowingly, to prey motivated aggression, pressure and builds dominance, just to name a few.
I already came to a conclusion because building a SAR dog is not that different from building a Schutzhund. I certainly don't know it all but a reward is a reward, whether it is in obedience or SAR or the Jackpot in Tracking an it has got to be powerful.
The dogs have to work, you have to build the drive and building the drive, whether for Schutzhund or for SAR is pretty much the same. Training the dog is the least of the problems. Learning how the wind works, how scent pools work, where you find them and how to recognize them that's something no one ever really talks about.
As for Mentors, I do have my Mentors and listen to them but that doesn't mean that I am not reading magazines, lectures, books or other open sources.