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Personally I found the article interesting. I think there is validity to positive reinforcement. I use it every time Gauge does something right. I use praise he uses food.
What I read from the article is that a food reward based training system is superior to using a lead with a collar, CC or FF(not directly mentioned but implied), and there was no mention at all about praise.
I believe the method is viable, but to discount the success of thousands of trainers all over the world is a bit bold.
Gundog_2002....if your comment was aimed at Robert Milner of Duckhill Kennels.....THAT WAS A CHEAP SHOT.
Truth be told, I'm getting a kick out of the outrage to Milner's screed from the US pointing dog fraternity, who do predominantly use e-collars as "shock collars."
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A big man never looks down on others.... instead, he is someone to look up to.
You Canadians better cut it out or Milner's going to expound on Lean Mac's having been the "original canoe Lab." ...
From the article:
“If you shock a dog with a bird in his mouth, his neck and jaw muscles contract, which causes him to clamp down or punch holes in the bird."
I hope you all will now stop shocking your dogs as they pick up the bird. This could be problematic.
"The bird hunter watches only the dog, and always knows where the dog is, whether or not visible at the moment. The dog’ nose is the bird hunters eye. Many hunters who carry a shotgun in season have never learned to watch the dog, or interpret his reaction to scent."
Aldo Leopold, Round River