We'll be picking up our new GSD pup in late June and I've started looking for trainers in my area. I emailed the company at www.TrainedFamilyDog.com and asked her training philosophy. Your opinions, please.
My philosophy... I am a praise-correction trainer. That means I use a simple physical touch as a correction to redirect the attention of a dog and then I use praise when the dog does what I want him to do. My motto is do no harm. I would never do anything to a dog that I wouldn't do to me first. Use of treats is encouraged, although not for everything. I have seen that create a food aggression in some dogs. I am a big believer in the pack mentality, as well. Check out my wesbite (URL below) - there's more info there, too.