It's all decided by the individual club. Each club can and will have a different interpretation (as I said earlier).Vinnie,
What is "excessive"? Typically excessive would mean more than what is required. If the trainer thought that an action was not required would he be doing it? Who decides and what is the criteria for deciding that a correction is "excessive"?
Also, what constitutes "kicking or beating" a dog? Is a toe on the ass to make sit a "kick"? Is a swat on the nose "beating"? Again who decides and what is the criteria?
Usually when a question is posted in the 'Schutzhund Training' section - it's about Schutzhund.I did not read anything in the OPs post about schutzhund, must have missed that, and I would not have replied.
Redirect his attention to something he likes, like a ball or something.OK, since I am new to all this, is it considered abusive when my dog is trying VERY hard to get at a worker at my house and I have to keep correcting him with a prong collar until he finally settles down? I would like to know how you would use positive reinforcement in that situation unless when he finally relents, you say "good boy"! .