In dog training circles - perhaps more now than ever in history - there is a debate raging. The easiest way to boil down this debate is to say it's between the 'pure positive' (PP) trainers, and the 'balanced' trainers (BT).
The BT's would have you believe that all PP's are a bunch of new-age, mamby-pamby hippies, who wouldn't know sound dog training if it came up and bit them in the tushy.
This argument about method, techniques, and equipment has led to legislation, and regulation, and everything in-between - across the globe.
But this post isn't going to address the arguments above.
What??? Why not?
Well, because I'll save that for another day. (And trust me, it's coming...)
Instead, as the owner and training director of Front Range K9 Academy, I thought it might be interesting for some of our clients to hear how it was we came to train the way we do - right now, in 2017 - at our facility.
You see, among dog trainers there is a label for trainers like me. I am a 'cross over' trainer. That term is generally applied to someone who used to be on one side of the BT vs. PP argument, and switched sides.
It's sort of like a Republican changing over to being a Democrat...or vice versa. And believe me, crossing over in dog training can be just as politically charged as changing one's voting affiliation...
And I know this because I am a cross-over trainer....twice over!
The following is excerpted from a message I posted on a discussion board of the APDT (Association of Professional Dog Trainers), an organization I am currently a member of:
So there you have it, folks...in a not-too-brief nutshell: how we came to train the way we train at Front Range K9. For anyone still reading and awake, thanks for taking the time to let me babble on about this topic, as it's been on my mind lately!
Jennifer Hime is the owner and training director of Front Range K9 Academy in Wheat Ridge, CO. She can be reached through her website, at www.k9counselor.com.