...ok, so i meet a new training friend, more advanced in training, has a national master qualified dog. we train one day and all goes well.
second day is different. training went well for me, and coordination of what we each want to do works well. he is experienced at masters, so i'll either follow or simplify my portion of it to teach. i had one set up to try myself, otherwise i deferred all else to him. sure enough, we saw where my dog erred a bit where his succeeded. thats what we are here to do - learn. no biggie.
so one technical concept was set up and my dog smoked it. his did not. partially (well maybe mostly - forgot to turn collar on) his fault and partially his dog turned him off. BUT, he stopped the dog, walked 150 yds to it and - - well, i'll just say i had to turn my head and bite my tongue. being turned off by your dog at 150 yds is not rectified by walking out there and 2 minutes later slapping it in the face, grabbing it by the head and slamming it down on the ground twice and yelling "SIT" 3-5 times.
right?? we learn from everyone that correcting a dog more than 4 seconds (or so) after the infraction is pointless.
i get mad at my dog too, but i vowed long ago (4 dogs ago) to never hit my dog in the face ever with anything except my index finger on his snout - and thats just training to take a treat from hand gently, and it hurts your finger more than the dog. other than that, i never ever hit. nothing is more painful than seeing a dog cringe from an innocently raised hand, it tells the hidden bad secrets.
perhaps i should have said something, but being the guest and the bird boy for this set up i held my tongue. if it happens again i will simply walk off, kennel my dog and drive away for good.
i type this as i sit and look at this dog i love so much and wonder how i could ever do anything to break this extreme level of trust and loving bond he has for me.
maybe raising 2 fantastic and succesful kids has taught me something. actually, raising a couple of great dogs taught me something about raising kids, and that only added to the next dogs.
sorry for the diatribe folks, but this has really bugged me the past week and i just had to vent.....