Most of the people who follow this blog and train dogs, work with the positive reinforcement method. I train this way because I want my dogs and I to have a bond and I believe that is achievable through positive reinforcement training.
A couple of years ago I stopped at a tag sale a couple of streets away. I was very impressed with a woman and her dogs, they stayed calmly in the yard and followed her around. I told her how I was struggling with Delilah.
The woman went in the house and brought out a postcard stating she was a dog trainer along with all of her contact information. She asked if I would like to walk with her sometime. I told her I would love that.
I waited a day or so (I didn’t want to seem TOO eager) and contacted her via facebook. She asked if I wanted to walk and I said yes. I then gave her my schedule for the week.
I never heard from her again.
In retrospect, this was a blessing in disguise.
This is the same woman I mentioned in my Passive-Aggressive post.
The same woman who deliberately left her dogs for seven to ten anxious, panicked filled moments, while she taught them a lesson about traveling with the wrong pack.
The same woman who thinks dogs have the capability of being passive-aggressive.
The same woman who lets her dogs roam all over the woods with no regard for anyone else or their dogs.
The same woman who has no identification of any kind on her dog.
As I stood there in the woods last Saturday listening to these two women talk about the archaic methods they use to train their dogs, I took a moment to say a prayer of thanks that I don’t travel in her pack.