I know eh? I cant talk to anyone here without hearing about dominance theories and alpha this submissive that... not to mention the people that fawn over a certain celebrity dog trainer
I do not agree. I rehab aggressive dogs too, but I use totally and completely positive methods (Click to Calm, BAT Training, LAT training, etc). Corrections would only ruin the strides I've made with my seriously aggressive (HA, DA, FA, and any other types of aggression you can label) dog, Oliver. Sometimes corrections can be used without making things worse, but positive methods will do the same job, with ALOT less stress on the dog.I think, sometimes, people who are touting all positive, all the time, training are thinking mostly of preventing issues, not resolving them. I am very, very pro-positive - just to be exceedingly clear. I firmly believe that there are very few dogs, where - trained absolutely consistently, perfectly reenforced for good behavior and never reenforced (or allowed to self-reenforce ie: distraction) for undesirable behavior, have any need of corrections/punishment/aversives. That situation is exceedingly rare, if not downright impossible. Most people, when a dog develops an issue, can manage distraction/replacement/ignoring from that negative behavior - and still get a really good god, with really good behavior. I would say that applies for 99% of the dogs on this forum - pets and competing dogs alike.
However, I am not purely positive. I recognize that sometimes, you have a dog who is endangering their OWN LIVES, or the safety and lives of others (dogs or people). The point when techniques like socialization, distraction, or replacement would be effective is gone. At that point a harsh 'no' and a leash correction may be what it takes for the dog to GET IT. Or, as the case may be, to stop what they are doing.
There is no reason, in my own life, with pet dogs who have no major issues, for me to use punishments or corrections. It's simply not necessary. If, however, there was a situation -for whatever reason- that one became a danger to itself or someone else (aggression is what I am thinking - and dogs get put down for that), I would be all over whatever it took to make it stop. No apologies for it, either. I would however, probably think that I did something, somewhere, to make the issue happen - and regret the heck out of it.
I have never worked with a dog trained to bite, I've only worked with Feral, Reactive, Fear Aggressive and DA dogs, so as far as working with a dog like that, I would have to do some research. But I dont imagine it would be much different than working with ferals...The DA pup I'm working now, loves praise, and treats, but her ultimate reward is the ball. After a few corrections, the reward has worked well.
I have had a couple that there just wasn't anyway to be near the dog besides a catch pole. They would just wait, as collar.smart dogs will, and once the opportunity arose would really hurt you. On these types, I haven't been able to find a positive only solution.
I would like to learn, or depending on your area even send them to you on the handler aggressive dogs if you can work them positive only, and have experience dealing with seriously aggressive dogs. Keep in mind most have been trained to bite, so its not a bluff or fear aggression issue.