The Balance Trainer
Balance training as opposed to aversion training
What is balance training? And why do many trainers and Behaviourist believe that aversive behaviourist and trainers can be recognised simply by the words they use like corrections, pack, dominance and pressure ect.
What is wrong with using these words?
I consider myself to be a balance behaviourist, meaning I understand that the use of positive energy and what I see as creative tools to achieve balance could also be interpreted as negative depending on the dog and owner.
The key factor is to know when to stop. If there is the potential for the effect to be negative, look outside of the box for another solution so as not to allow your energy and techniques to become negative or aversive.
You hear so many horror stories about the supposed success of an aversive training method, these methods have been forced through without a true understanding of psychology of the dog.
As a balance behaviourist that has now served over 25yrs in the industry I do not see there is any place in the industry for aversive techniques such as prong collars ect.
What we have now in the Behaviour and Training world is a serious misunderstanding of the terms or words we use not just the tools. Many are more interested in teaching owners to avoid what they believe is force-based training simply by the way it is described.
That said there are unfortunately many, many behaviourists that are still implementing various methods that are unacceptable.
What we need to remember, is just because a Behaviourist or Trainer talks about corrections, pack, dominance and pressure it does not put them in the same category. We cannot predict the effect of any technique on any dog, but there is no reason to use forced methods when balance based methods are obviously more successful.