I believe in Balanced Dog Training. I struggle to support positive only training methods.
By Definition, Balanced Dog Training refers to any approach to dog training or behavior modification which involves the using both reward based techniques, and aversive consequences. In other words, the trainer shows the dog that their choices and behaviors can result in either pleasant or unpleasant results. It is that simple.
The timing regarding when or how to correct a dog is often the issue. POORLY timed corrections or too harsh of a correction can result in confusion, depression, stress, problems with the relationship between the person and dog, and in some dogs, aggression towards the handler.
Keeping that in mind, balanced training give the trainer more tools and options to use to help the dog understand what is expected.
I always start with a positive only, fun, relationship based training practices and methods. Especially with puppies. Relationship and fun first. But you will get to a point where you want to change the dogs behavior. That can’t always be accomplished using positive only methods. Sometimes you need to use a correction, or a negative consequence for a behavior or action that is unwanted.