Is an Easy Walk positive punishment?
I tried asking this on a couple other forums and they were...less than helpful.
So this came out of a conversation with another trainer who was telling me that they are a 100% positive reinforcement trainer. When I asked them about using an Easy Walk, they said that it's not positive punishment because it doesn't cause any pain. But when I looked back at the definition of positive punishment per operant conditioning, positive punishment would be any stimulus that decreases the future occurrence of the behavior it follows. So it would seem that dog pulls, dog is uncomfortable, dog (ideally) stops or lessens pulling. Positive punishment?
And it's the same thing with what many of my Petsmart coworkers label "interrupters". Things like vocal "eh-eh"'s or hand claps. The dog barks, the person claps, the dog stops.
So I'm curious to know where everyone else draws the lines of their operant conditioning quadrant. Is it dependent upon whether something causes pain? Or just whether the method discourages future behavior? Or do you have some other guideline?
Do you feel that the quadrants change with the individual dog since some dogs seem to not care about things such as the pull of an Easy Walk?
While I feel it is important to at least understand all four quadrants, do you feel there is any certain quadrant that is more effective than the rest, or one that should be used more or used exclusively (a la 100% positive reinforcement trainer)?