Wondering what other off the wall training techniques people have come across over the years. I really honestly thought I'd heard of them all until the other day.
I was over at a friends house whose adult son still lives at home. He recently purchased a black lab puppy. I really never thought anything of the way they were with dogs because they have a male intact sheltie that will not leave the yard even if you try to coax it out of the yard. No fence, no zone collar, nothing. I was always a bit jealous of them, to be honest. They can be in the house and this dog will not leave the yard.
So anyway, we were over there the other day and my friend did something that totally shocked me. The puppy, who is about 12 weeks I believe, crossed the road when we weren't looking. This is what happened next.
Friend yells "Sophie stay!" and the pup sits down on the grass across the road (I was thinking, "wow, pretty good for a pup!"). Friend walks across the road and continues to say "stay" and then her husband says "You pull her ears good!"
Friend gets to pup, who is still sitting on the grass, watching her (tail wagging, mind you) and she then bends down, spanks the pup and grabs her ear HARD till the pup yelped and said "bad dog! You stay in the yard"
I asked the friend what was with the ear pulling and she said that they do it whenever the pup does something bad... like peeing/pooping in the house. I really didn't want to get into a debate on dog training so I just said "oh, whatever works".
So lets here the stories of your off the wall training that you've come across.