Quote from Mr. Andy Attar. The complete article can be found here..http://www.prta.net/PRTA/Ask_The_Pro/Ask_The_Pro.html
I hope it is ok to post..
"The growth of our relationship regarding
efficient communication with our dog
can be summed up with these concepts in
Between stimulus and response there
lies a space. In that space lays the freedom
and power to choose a response. In
that response lays growth and freedom.
(Dr. Stephen Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly
It is a very fine line in our training between
conditioning (controlling responses)
and allowing dogs to choose a response.
Too much freedom and not enough conditioning will allow dogs to make poor
choices therefore reducing the chance of
behavior change. Not enough choice and
too much conditioning results in dogs not
tapping into their own ability to reason
through a problem. When this occurs, dogs
perform poorly in new environments and
cannot solve complex problems. As a friend
and colleague has said to me many times, “A
smart dog knows what to do when it does
not know what to do!”
Seems to me, this kind of balance is missing in many of the threads I read here lately. The art of walking that fine line, the true balance in training a retriever.