As is the case in most arguments or discussions the truth usually can be found in the middle ground.
Just as with children, we believe in rewards for good behavior and correction at the level that fits the dogs personality, size, age, and willingness.
We do not believe in the use of abuse in any circumstances.
We utilize flat collars for the most delicate breeds and temperaments, slip collars for the average situation and average temperament, and pinch collars for the very tough breeds and dominant personalities. We believe in using the word "No" (or equivalent word) in association with a correction. Corrections can be instinctual corrections such as bad tastes, smells, or sounds, in addition to collar corrections.
Having studied wolf behavior, we believe in training dogs using natural canine language. Dogs learn very differently than humans. Understanding the way they see and interpret their world goes a long way to help us properly communicate with them. Training “The Natural Way” is very different from what you will typically find in currently available training styles.
We believe in teaching the dog to make their own decision based upon proper communication of desired behaviors. When a dog learns to make his own decisions based upon his experiences he becomes able to be reliable off-leash and is more capable of problem-solving in unusual or difficult situations. You may notice that this is not so different from your desired results when teaching children. Dog training is similar to raising children but more difficult for people to understand because we must communicate with the dog from a canine point of view. This requires that we have an understanding of how dogs think and perceive their world. We understand that this is an integral part of our job, to teach the client how best to communicate with their canine companion.
There are many training methods and styles and all will work at some level or they wouldn’t be recognized methods.
The secret is for the trainer to be able to recognize the right method and tools for the individual dog, temperament, and job description. We are not stating that other trainers are wrong or their methods are bad.
We are simply letting you know why we believe our style works best for the majority of the pet dog owning public. We have the flexibility to select a method from any style based upon the job at hand. In 90% of the cases we use the centerist philosophy.