There is a wealth of dog training methods, theories and equipment. New technologies and advances in behavioural science offer an enormous number of adaptations and choices. Opinions vary on the way we treat and train animals and to what degree we use rewards and corrections in the training process. As a professional dog training school we incorporate only the best practices in the industry.
The dog training community is pretty much polarized into two separate camps, that is, the “Totally Positive Trainers” and their more “Traditional” counterparts.
The Totally Positive Trainers (TPT) assert that all behaviour modification and training can be managed or eventually overcome by using only purely positive methods (e.g food). They often believe the Traditional trainer’s use of correctives or aversives as being abusive and imply that anyone not using totally positive methods must be using heavy-handed domination. Many of their techniques are marketed as being modern solutions to training and problem solving. The question is: if dog training can be accomplished using only purely positive methods, why use any other methods?
On the other side of the spectrum, the Traditional trainers contend that a dog cannot totally understand the reward-based system without occasionally using a correction for unacceptable behaviour at some time during training. A segment of them still focus on correction or purely compulsive based methods and does not use positive motivation such as food. Their methods are based in heavy-handed domination and punitive focus.
Eclectic Training (employed by CDTS trainers and instructors).
Unlike food trainers or compulsive-based ones, the Eclectic Method does not limit or stifle the trainer’s ability to apply a wide variety of techniques to suit both owner & dog. Eclectic trainers believe they need to be able to call on a wide range of techniques and equipment to aid in dog training. These open-minded traditionalists also employ many of the same techniques that the TPT use. They believe that rewarding good behaviour, while ignoring undesirable behaviour has merit and value, but it does not work for every dog in every situation.
Moreover, balanced Eclectic Trainers believe in being able to apply all techniques based on individual needs. Balanced training embraces positive motivation, appropriate rewards and knowledgeable use of aversives and correction. It allows the flexibility of using both positive and negative reinforcements and balancing the two factors in such a way that will emphasize helping the dog learn and retain the required lessons.
Dogs like people are diverse in character. What works for one dog may not necessarily work for another. CDTS understands this which is why it utilizes this balanced approach.