Daniel Audet: Robert Vaughan is an appreciated member of the the Balanced Trainers Forum. Robert brings with him extensive training experience in the areas of Scent Detection and Search & Rescue dogs.
You can find the original copy of this post and many other great articles on Robert's site.
Today's post is indeed again controversial.
The only thing that 2 out of 3 dogs trainers will ever agree about is that 3rd guy is definitely wrong, regardless of which 2 you ask.
First, please watch this link of a group of young Malinois pups and their trainer using a unique facility.
What do you think? Brilliant? Cruel? WAY too young? The comments that accompany this video (after you translate them) display a huge crevasse between two opinions. While I cannot definitively say what those camps represent, my best conclusion is Working Dog people versus Pet Dog people. A more cynical opinion might call it Positive trainers versus Discipline trainers. An outright Pessimist might call it Americans verses European trainers. Europe is currently under assault by the Purely Positive crowd, and many useful and effective training tools and methods are being outlawed by a small but loud coven of individuals, using politics as their fortress. Meanwhile, in the West, a kickback has begun in response to the Purely Positive movement and it’s shortcomings as an exclusive training method. More trainers are moving toward a more balanced approach, including elements of all training according to the needs of each individual dog. But I’m digressing into an entirely different subject…
Watching the linked video, some see a dangerous activity for young dogs. Others see happy, driven, young dogs doing what they love to do, run and jump and play under the guidance of a human companion.