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     Part of the Communicative Approach, is focused sharply on puppies and following the method of a Mother Dog with her offspring.  When first whelped and for about two weeks afterw ...

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    Rescue Promoting Balanced Training

    Unfortunately, there are many people that are not as open minded and that is the reason I am writing this article. I routinely get attacked on the internet as do many of my colleagues and it is comp ...

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    Saturday, 07 December 2013
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    Why I’m Finished Volunteering at Animal Shelters…

    I’ve worked with behavior problems successfully, and if I do say so myself, made a couple of them adoptable.  It can be satisfying, and fulfilling work, watching a formerly “Reactive” dog walk ...

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    by Robert Vaughan
    Friday, 06 December 2013
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    Honesty Is the Best Policy

    Robin MacFarlane wrote : I've always been a proponent of the saying "Honesty is the best policy". However, this career has given me plenty of opportunity to realize that honesty isn't always ea ...

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    by Daniel Audet
    Friday, 01 February 2013
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    Economics….. And Dogs?

      And so it goes with dogs. The things we do to train them, sometimes don’t do what we intended. Sometimes it’s good. Sometimes, it’s horrible. The reason this is on my mind, is because of my ...

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    by Daniel Audet
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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.

German Shepherd Adventures

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.

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 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. 

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Why I’m Finished Volunteering at Animal Shelters…

  Written by: Robert Vaughn

Original: http://germanshepherdadventures.wordpress.com/2013/09/21/why-im-finished-volunteering-at-animal-shelters/ 

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Daniel Audet:  Robert Vaugh 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.  

I know that this post is bound to bring a fair amount of criticism from those involved in the world of rescue dogs from bad situations. My advice is that if the shoe doesn't fit, don't attempt to wear it. You can read this post and then be honest with yourself whether this applies to your resuce or not. If the shoe fits you won't get any apologies out of me or Robert. 

To make matters worse Shelters have now gone on the offensive ...  http://www.balancedtrainers.com/bloggers/entry/loving-a-dog-to-death

They are now intentionally trying to damage businesses that have a good track record of saving dogs from being euthanized. How wrong is that?!

 Robert wrote: 

I am not a person that adopts  dogs  from a shelter.  My dogs are acquired from a responsible, knowledgable Breeder.  In some places that confession is comparable to confessing to any number of  heinous crimes involving livestock, Meth labs, or eating kittens.  Don’t know what else to tell you about that…But that doesn’t mean that I’m not supportive of the industry, OR the animals.  I DO volunteer time to keeping the homeward looking dogs happy and exercised. 

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