If you have researched training options for your dog, you have likely come
across trainers who say, "We don't just use one training method. We choose
what is best for the dog." While this may sound good, it's important to
understand what lies beneath that statement.
There can be no argument regarding what is best for the dog. What is
best for the dog means training methods that keep the dog safe, do not introduce
fear, and do not increase the potential for adverse fallout behaviors that may
result in injury or death to the dog or nearby animals or humans. What
lies beneath the training jargon of "what is best for the dog" is often the
subtext of "we will do whatever is necessary to achieve compliance." This
can be a slippery slope with potential for a dangerous outcome.