I do not think of anything specific when I hear a correction was used. A correction could be anything from a coming to jesus moment, a physical correction, a collar correction, a verbal correction, or anything in between. I automatically assume the correction used was fair and appropriate due to the specific situation.
With this in mind, NEVER correct the dog out of anger. If you are seeing red, or frustrated you have no business in dealing with the dog at that moment in time. If you are not willing to dish out a proportionate correction and keep level headed put the dog away and chill out. Don't bring the matter up later. If you do not correct in the necessary time frame(immediately) and with the appropriate level of correction, thats your fault and the matter is done.
I am a firm believer in positive training-with proofing. A tool is a tool is a tool. The way it is used either makes it a fair communication between the dog and handler or a form of force, unfair. No tool is useful without training.
Just rambling...referencing no one in particular.
I correct my dog for doing anything I do not want to see in the future. This may be a 'I'll show to the proper way' correction, or an actual correction depending on the scenario. People think I'm mean because I use a prong collar. The way I look at it is their dogs are poorly trained wild animals. They wouldn't know how to train 'sit' let alone anything else. So if I'm a little mean because I NEED my dog to be wellbehaved so their off leash poosykins can be an annoying ditz and not dinner, so be it.
Last edited by ShenzisMom; 06-02-2011 at 11:56 AM.