For years trainers have been going back and forth on the correct way to train a dog, the pros and cons of the different methods. I will not address this topic here.
I would like to dedicate this post however to listing the experiences I have had training dogs that supports my decision to use the Koehler method (and the Bedrock Method developed by my trainer – Margot Woods) since it goes further than the few titles Rugby has earned.
Since I began working at Applewood’s Dog Training in the summer of 2008, I have had the opportunity to work with a number of dogs.
- I have trained and titled a Lab in obedience (a CD… I will be bringing him in the ring again this summer to get the CDX). Pete earned his CD in three straight trials in one weekend.
- I am currently working with a Golden in obedience (for the CD and she will earn this title before the end of summer).
- I have trained and titled Rugby who not only has qualified every single show he has entered, but has also never been in the ring without earning a first or second place. He will have his UD before the end of the year.
Beyond competitive obedience, board-and-train includes sit, down, stand, stay, place, come, heel, and miscellaneous manners work. It also requires that the dog be trained to a level of competency that they will work for multiple handlers and the training will be reliable once they are handed over to their green/novice owners. I have successfully completed board-and-trains on the following dogs.
- Zed, an Australian Shepherd
- Duke, a Doberman Pinscher
- Rosie, a Jack Russel Terrier
- Rosie (again), a Dobe Mix
ALL of the dogs listed above have been trained without the use of any food rewards. ALL of the dogs above are happy, enthusiastic workers.
I would also like to introduce to you some dogs past and present that have also been trained void of any food rewards.