I am not condoning abusing a dog,and I agree that you should cater the training to the individual dog,but you can't fix everything with treats,hugs and kisses.
And again, what methods would you use to stop a dog jumping up, or pulling on the leash? Closing a door shut on a dog's muzzle can injure it, so you need to be careful about that.
I think a lot of people who want positive only or non combative training see those who use other tools such as a martingale collar or prong as people who don't love dogs as much as they do.
I don't think that - but I do see them as being less creative, since there are proven methods - and again, watch the video for one example of how easy it can be to stop a dog from pulling without resorting to a choke chain or other aversive techniques, if this tiny gal can take a large dog straight from the shelter and have it walking nicely without pulling, then anyone should be able to.
I grew up with the mentality you have to push a dog around or pull or yank on them to get them to mind.
It has since been learned there's ways to work with them positively and it works as well or better/quicker than old methods. I'm excited and happy about that, and I fail to understand why people think it's coddling, or spoiling them, or whatever, since they actually work so beautifully on just about any dog out there.
That is - I think the best training involves teaching the dog what TO DO, instead of constantly correcting them for what they should NOT do.
When you potty train a child, do you spank them when they soil in their diapers, or do you take them to the bathroom and praise them for pottying in the toilet?
If all you ever do is spank the child for pottying in their diaper, how will you ever get them to understand there's a proper place for pottying?
Same with dogs - we train them best by showing them what to do and how to do it, rather than just correcting them for doing what we do not want them to do.
For one example - jumping up is universal for all dogs. It's their nature. So why scold them for doing what dogs do
? Instead, teach them they will still get attention (and more of it!) when all 4 paws are on the floor!