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I'm no dog trainer. Yes, I train my own dogs. I'm a DIYer at heart. But that doesn't make me an expert on all breeds, behaviors and techniques. Over the years, I have attended traditional treat-based training classes many times. They work when the owner is diligent. I had the opportunity to try a Barkbusters class with Tanner and learned a bit about their no-treat techniques. This was all well and good fur us, yet may not have worked for a puppy. At the time, Tanner and Oliver were both beyond that first year of basic commands, and in the process of getting their coveted CGC certifications.
I also enjoy immersing myself in Cesar's calm attitude. Do I think his approach will work for everyone? Absolutely not! I do think that most owners could learn a thing or two about their own behavior around their dogs. That's where I believe Cesar is setting a good example.
His trademark "Ch" correction noise was met with little more than a miff by my pups, but the Barkbusters "Bah!" was ever more effective. I think each dog and owner need to continue learning and trying new methods throughout the dog's life. I found that new methods brought out a younger Xena, when during her 13th year she began to learn new skills I would never have believed possible had I not seen it for myself. I just changed the way I presented the task, and viola', Xena performed.
For what it's worth, Cesar has a lot of good philosophies and attitudes to share. If you're interested in garnering what you can from his methods, I invite you to enter to win the Season 4: Volume 1 5 DVD set. If you're not into playing the odds, click the link and you can easily order your own package for the going rate at Amazon--about $18.00 as I write this. Please note that this giveaway will run for 2 weeks. You may enter by some methods daily if you wish; however, only the 2 mandatory entries are required to qualify you for the drawing.
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As Cesar would say, stay calm and assertive.