No Stinkin' Leashes Moderator
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: SF Bay Area
Re: Only one collar allowed?
In all the classes that I've attended (I'm on my 10th class in 4 years) it's typical that they do not allow corrective collars of any kind. Flat buckle or snap collars are fine, and front hook harnesses are also usually okay, but since the focus is on rewarding good behavior rather than leash corrections for bad behavior, corrective collars are moot. I do almost all my training at home off leash even though leashes are required once we get past puppy classes. But I do think it depends on the focus of the class. The kinds of classes I take are about molding well behaved family dogs who are reliable anywhere, not competition obedience.
For me, yes, I would pull my dogs out of a class that required corrective collars because it goes against my fundamental training philosophy that at least in the initial stages of learning, corrections are unfair and counterproductive. I don't have a problem with corrections for willfully disobeying a previously learned command, and I do have a prong collar for Keefer, but my ultimate goal is reliability without any special "tools", so I would rather build the sort of working relationship with my dogs where they WANT to obey me, not that they have to, or else.
Keefer 8/25/05-4/24/19 ~ The sweetest boy
Halo 11/9/08-6/17/18 ~ You left pawprints on our hearts
Dena 9/12/04-10/4/08 ~ Forever would have been too short