Nine Basic Principles For Successful Handling:
1: Every dog is an individual.
2: Never lie to a dog.
3: Whenever possible, use a positive instead of a negative approach.
4: Never finish a training session with a failure.
5: Stress the fundamentals.
6: Teach only one thing at a time.
7: Don't be afraid to experiment.
8: Balance correction with praise.
9: There is nothing quite so valuable as a day off.
Sound like some great new training philosophy? No, this was written by Martha Covington (Martha Covington Thorne) in her book 'Handling Your Dog For Show, Obedience and Field Trials', published by Doubleday in August of 1979. Yes, that's right, 1979! I first met Martha at a Montreal Gun Dog Club trial in the early 60's; I think her 9 points are very valid today.