Sorry I just dont get it. What is the purpose?
In the begining I teach everything positive until the dog understands what is expected then neg is introduced to teach what is wrong. This just seems to make more sense to me. If positive helps them to learn the right way then why not double your training value by using negative to teach the wrong way. In training this way it is equally important to use positive as well as negative properly. Over use of positive can cause problems just as over use of negative can.
I know when I was a kid I learned REAL quick the importance of gun safety when I accidently shot out the neighbors garage door window with my BB gun. I didnt get beat but I did get spanked and lost my BB gun privilages for awhile. This had a way more lasting effect on me than just a talkin too.
Positive-negative, right-wrong, good-evil. That's what life is all about. Just seems to me that a little negative along with the positive makes things much more black and white to the dog. If you stick your hand in the fire do you not get burned? Is it not important to be taught what is bad as well as what is wrong? If a kid steals a candy bar and gets away with it and gets the reward of eating that candy bar Im thinkin he will do it again but if he is caught and has a negative experience there is a lesson learned there too.
So explain to me why is purely positive so important to you and what do you and the dog get out of it. I tried to do a purely positive training session yesterday but found it just about impossible for me to do. What do you positive people do if you catch the dog getting into the trash or chewing on a piece of furniture or barking out in the kennel just because he doesnt want to be there or if they get in a fight with another dog or a million other things?
I just dont understand total positive training, it makes no sense to me.