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.
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.