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As you know I DO use corrections however MOST of my training is positive based.

Rewards are important and at the puppy level it IS short sessions on a soft padded flat collar, treats and markers and the treats are way better than kibble. With a puppy you are building the relationship and the training should be tail wagging fun (and it should always be tail wagging fun to the dog and not "work" for the duration of the dog's life).

IMO a good "balanced" trainer in a puppy class would be unlikely to push corrections or corrective devices such as a prong collar. You are dealing with puppies that don't "know" and (usually) handlers that know very little. Corrections typically do not belong in this environment.

That said if you have 8 handler/puppy teams of various skills/ages in your class it can be very chaotic. Corrections may be encouraged just to reduce the chaos.. and the trainer needs to make a living so there needs to be progress overall. Just some things to think about.
 
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